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06.04.2006 Regional News

Auntie Aku Residents shed tears for water


Accra, April 6, GNA - Residents of Sowutuom-Auntie Aku, in the Weija Constituency are groping for water because a pipeline that connects water to the area got burst and has been spilling the water to waste since three months ago.

"Water continues to waste away as a result of the burst pipeline under a bridge near the Desseret Hospital at Auntie Aku" a Spokesperson for the Auntie Aku Residents Association, the Reverend Jonathan Osei Darko indicated.

In an interview with the GNA, Rev Osei Darko said the Association as a body had made various attempts by reporting the issue to the officials of the Water Company's branches at Darkuman and Dansoman, "but our plight is not being taken seriously".

He urged the Water Company to respond to their numerous calls to repair the pipeline to save them from the agony of roaming neighbouring area everyday in search of water at a very high cost.

Rev Darko said it was the residents who contributed various amounts of money to purchase most of the original pipelines about 10 years ago. When the GNA contacted a Senior Official of the Water Company, Mr A. Dowuona who also lives in the area, he acknowledged that a report had been received from the residents but could not indicate when the pipeline would be fixed.

Meanwhile, the Operations and Maintenance Officer of the Darkuman branch of GWCL, Mr Albert Duodu, in an interview with the GNA, said the main cause of the water shortage at the area was due to another burst pipeline north of Sowutuom near a water reservoir which was being replaced by the Company.

"In fact we started work on it this Thursday and hope the problem would be solved by Saturday, so that the whole area would get water", Dr Duodu indicated.

He said his team that was fixing the main Sowutuom problem would visit the Auntie Aku scene to repair the damage.