Water shortage: Minister, GWCL to explain to Parliament on February 6

Parliament has summoned the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation and the management of the Ghana Water Company over the ongoing water rationing.
The Ghana Water Company have cited the dry season and the pollution of the country’s water bodies as the cause of the water shortages.
According to the Communications Director of Ghana Water Company Stanley Martey, the official timetable will soon be provided to guide consumers as to when the tap for each area will be opened or closed.
Stanley Martey added that the country may need to pray for rain because until that happens, the shortage will not change.
However, Ranking Member of Parliament’s Works and Housing Committee Samson Ahi has said more accurate response is required from the Ghana Water Company and as such the committee has invited the management of Ghana Water Company to appear and submit further details on the development to the Works and Housing Committee on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
“We have invited the Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation as well as the management of Ghana Water Company to come and brief us on the water situation in the country and also to tell us plans they are putting in place to address the problem.” Samson Ahi said.
Meanwhile, Water Resources Expert, Dr Osman Alhassan, says the threat of water scarcity, due to climate change and the pollution of water bodies, calls for a water harvesting culture.
“We need to do a lot concerning water harvesting and I think it was about time we made efforts to separate water use categories where for example we can begin with good water harvesting at the community level and district level and we could use that water for other things than household and drinking,” he said.
Commenting on the Ghana Water Company’s plan to soon begin rationing water supply due to the dry season, Dr Alhassan said although some homes already harvest water, there was a need to for national approach, complemented by modern technology and by-laws.
Primenewsghana.com/Ghana News

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