8 February 2013

Ghana: GWCL Pumping Machines Rotting Away

Intensive investigations undertaken by Western file has revealed that the water rationing exercise currently ongoing in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis has more to do with the state of machinery at both the Inchaban and Bosomase water pumping stations.

The Ghana Water Company had blamed the water rationing exercise on the activities of illegal miners, which had affected the Daboase water pumping station.

Interestingly, investigation undertaken by The Western File has revealed that the water company failed to tell the whole truth as to why the water scarcity. The GWCL takes water for onward supply to consumers from three pumping points, Inchaban, Daboase and Inchaban.

The Bosomase Intake point for instance lacks spare parts and replacement units. The Intake pumps and their control panels need to be replaced or changed. There is also the need to dredge and remove the accumulated silt gathered in the embankment.

The Regional Director of GWCL, according to investigation, has sent a quotation of technical specks for purchase of specified pump panels but to date the needed equipment have not been bought.

Again, the Daboase Water point also lacks spare parts and replacement units.

High lid pumps and control panels there also need to be replaced. What is more, dosing equipment like chlorinators, metering pumps, wash up pumps and blowers also need to be changed.

Spare parts requested for the high lid pumps are yet to be delivered, resulting in the loss of various efficient load levels, thereby causing frequent break downs of the pumps which transfer water to Inchaban station.

There is urgent need to replace the pumps and control panels to avoid the total breakdown of the only working station, our source warned.

The story is the same at the Inchaban pumping station which also has high lid pumps without spare parts. The machines are so obsolete, that they need to be changed urgently. The dosing equipment has totally run down.

During the dredging of Daboase and Bosomase stations, sometime back, a representative of the manufacturers of the pumps came down from Germany to do evaluation of the various machines needed by the three pumping stations.

The Evaluation report has been submitted to Ghana water company since September 2011, but left to gather dust with no action taken on it.

Western File was reliably informed that most of the problems of Ghana Water arise from the total control management of Ghana Urban Water Company, which is supposed to be a subsidiary of GWCL but in charge of operations, has assumed over GWCL.

Information available indicates that water revenue from Western region is paid into the accounts of GUWC, which has its own board and management. Procurement officers,

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