The Management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has announced rationing of water supply as raw water bodies from various sources deplete due to the cut down of trees.
In a statement, the majority provider of water utility services in Ghana revealed that consumers may encounter irregular flow of water in some parts of the country, especially the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central Western and Northern regions.
“With the onset of the dry season, the entire country is expected to experience challenges with water supply because of the depletion of raw water from the various water bodies,” the statement said.
Speaking to the media on Monday, January 23, 2023, the Head of Communications, Stanley Martey, said trees giving water bodies cover have been cut down.
“Trees that give our water bodies cover have all been cut away because of farming activities. We are also aware that the pollution in our water bodies has silted most of our water bodies and such rate of evaporation is high and we do not have huge volumes of water in our water bodies,” he said.
The Management, therefore, called on consumers to play their role to minimise the impact of the situation as it cannot tell when the erratic supply could end. “For now, because of the climatic changes as we know, it is a bit difficult to determine whether it will end in a month or two. The Ghana Water Company Limited has put in resilient measures and we also expect that consumers will also play their role so together we can minimise the impact.”