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GWCL cuts supply to Akim- Oda, other communities to save treatment plants

Ghana Water Company Limited, GWCL has shut down two major treatment plants that serve the Akim Oda and Kyebi communities following massive floods triggered by the overflow of the Birim and Densu rivers after the heavy downpour throughout the weekend.

A press release signed on Sunday, 2nd October, 2022 by the Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer of the GWCL, Kwadwo Daase, in a press release on Sunday, October 2, urged residents in the affected areas to brace themselves for difficulties as long as more rains come in.

“cherished customers and consumers in and around Akyem Oda, Akwatia, Kade and it’s environs .. water supply has been interrupted as a result of the shut down of the Akyem Oda Water Supply Treatment Plant.” .. it said.

The decision according to engineers if to save the multimillion-dollar Akim-Oda and the Densuano treatment plants from further damage.
“We have no choice but to shut the plants down due to the flooding,”. He explained adding that the company can only resume water production after an assessment of its installations and the extent of damage to equipment, after the flood waters recede.

GWCL however said they are constantly monitoring water levels and may revamp the machines to prevent crisis.

“The situation will lead to low pressures and as a result some taps will not be flowing at normal times but rather in the nights and odd hours especially.”

Many parts of the Eastern region are experiencing devastating floods following two days of torrential rainfalls.

Hundreds of residents in Kyebi, the President, Nana Akufo Addo’s hometown and nearby towns have been displaced since Friday.

Over the weekend, the Kyebi Court Complex, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) office, the Kibi Presbyterian College of Education and other institutions were swallowed by floods after the Birim River broke its banks for the first time in decades, according to Meteorologists.
According to officials of the National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO deployed after the rains, several other mining districts recorded disasters.

These include Denkyembour, Atewa, Fanteakwa South and nearby villages.

There have been similar reports about flooding and displacements at Amanase in Ayensuano District after the river Ayensu broke its banks. In the Eastern regional capital, the Akwadum stretch of the Koforidua to Suhum highway was blocked by severe flood.

Vehicles were directed to use alternate route through Koforidua- Nyamekrom road to join the suhum road.

A statement by the Ghana Highway Authority- Eastern Region said “all motorists traveling between the DVLA roundabout in Effiduase – Koforidua to Suhum that due to the heavy downpour of rain over the weekend the road is temporarily not passable at the bridge at Akwadum.

Motorist from Koforidua to Suhum were also advised to turn at the traffic light at the SSNIT Estate to Nyamekrom-Supriso road to Obourtumpan then to Nkatenkwan and link the road back at the outskirts of Akwadum.

Motorist from Suhum to Koforidua are to observe this and turn at the outskirts of Akwadum and follow the same route to Koforidua.

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