The Eastern Regional Branch Chief Manager of Ghana Water Company Limited, (GWCL), Philip Dwamena Boateng, says development cannot be accelerated when many people are in dire need of safe water, stressing that climate change, environmental degradation, religion, and gender among others are some factors that deny some people access to potable water.
He emphasised the need to tackle all issues that make it impossible for the majority of the population in the rural areas access to potable water.
Mr. Dwamena Boateng hinted on plans to expand water treatment plants and distribution network periodically to cover a wider consumers in the region.
The Chief Branch Manager said this on Thursday, March 21, 2019, as a prelude to the celebration of the World Water Day today, when he encountered media personnel in the region on their operations.
Since 1993, every 22 March has been a UN observance called “World Water Day”. It is a day to reflect on the importance of water in daily lives of people as well as to remember those who lack adequate drinking water supplies.
Throwing more light on this year’s theme for the World Water Day celebration which is, “Leaving no one behind”, Mr. Dwamena Boateng, commended the efforts of Operation Vanguard, saying they have helped in reducing the water turbidity making it possible to produce quality treated water and prompt supply.
He stressed on the need for consumers to pay their water bills promptly to help them improve upon their delivery.
The Regional Technology and Innovation Manager of the Water Company, Ing. Gloria Davis Ocloo said in a bid to provide adequate potable water to a wider populace, their supply channels have been expanded.
Explaining their latest E-Payment system which will take off in June this year he asked the media to help them explain the system by educating their listeners on their medium and further urged the public to have confidence in their operations.
The media personnel later had the chance to tour the Bukunor Water Treatment Plant at the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region to see how raw water is processed and treated before it is supplied to consumers.
According to the Regional Quality Assurance manager of the company, Moses Paintsil, the Bukunor Water treatment Plant was built in 2009 to augment the Densu Water Treatment Plant in Koforidua to maximize and sustain quality water to Koforidua and its environs.
According to him the Bukunor plant produces four point two million gallons of water daily and has helped them improved water supply in the region and further explained what makes the Bukunor Water Treatment Plant unique and the extra benefit derived from its wasted water.