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27.04.2004 Regional News

Edumadze visits Brimsu headworks about Oguaa water situation.

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Brimsu (C/R), April 27, GNA - Mr Isaac Edumadze, Central Regional Minister, on Tuesday made a passionate appeal to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in the region, to use the two billion cedis given to it by the government judiciously, to alleviate the suffering of the people in the event of a water crisis in the Cape Coast Municipality and its environs.

Mr Edumadze said, the government, very mindful of the people's plight made available the amount this year, under the HIPC funds to the GWCL for dry season water supply management.

The Regional Minister made the appeal when he visited the Brimsu head works, to acquaint himself with factors leading to the low water level in the dam.

The water level in the dam at the time of the Minister's visit, had fallen to 14 feet 10 inches from 15 feet on Monday, and the GWCL, has so far, secured 10 water tankers to supply water to communities in the municipality.

He cautioned the company to be alert, so as to circumvent any unpleasant situation that might arise from the acute water shortage in the municipality and its surrounding communities, stressing, "you should strive to commandeer enough tankers to ensure adequate service to the people".

The Minister, expressed concern that communities, such as Enyan-Abaasa, Mando, Owane, Ampia-Ajumako, and Asempanyin, in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam district have GWCL water systems but have for far too long not been supplied with water.

He urged the company to liaise frequently with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), with the view to co-ordinating their activities in a harmonious order for both organisations to render adequate and efficient service to their clients.

"Let the CWSA know the areas you are not providing water to, so that they will move there and ensure that the people there are served with potable water", Mr Edumadze advised.

Mr Godwin Dovlo, the Regional Chief Manager of GWCL assured the Regional Minister that the two billion cedis earmarked for the dry season water supply management would be used for the purpose it was given, and that the company would ensure that it renders adequate and efficient service to the people in the event of the crisis. He also gave the assurance that the operations of the tankers, would be monitored effectively, to stem any malpractice in the supply of water and that the number would be increased to 25, if the situation worsened.

Mr Dovlo said plans are far advanced to supply "reasonable amount" of water to the University of Cape Coast, in order not to disturb normal academic work, and that if the present situation deteriorates, a fleet of tankers would be used to augment the university water supply.

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