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17.10.2006 General News

Water Company Checks Illegal Connections

By TIMES
Water Company Checks Illegal Connections
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Authorities of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) have begun a special exercise to curb the increasing incidence of illegal connection of pipe lines to the company's system, hindering the smooth distribution of water to residents in the metropolis.

Since the exercise started about a week ago, the company's Loss Control Team (Task Force) has arrested 10 people for allegedly using very sophisticated illegal connection gadgets like the In-line pump and underground by-pass.

By the In-Line Pump system, the authorities explained that the suspects tap into the main lines of the company and divert the flow of the water to fill large tanks thus denying many people in the vicinity of supply.

Briefing the Times after one of such exercises on Tuesday, Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officer of the company, Asoga Haruna, said the suspects whose names he could not give immediately will soon be arraigned before court.

He said the company intended to sustain the exercise and urged those involved in the illegal activities to come forward and pay the appropriate penalty or be prosecuted.

He called on the public to volunteer information on the criminal activities of such people saying such informants will be rewarded.

Mr. Haruna said the company had problems with its filters and pumps but had worked on them and production had increased considerably from a little over 10 million gallons per day to 17 million gallons.

He said efforts were being made to reach the maximum 18 million gallons capacity soon.

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