By: Tabitha Kugbonu | Voltaonlinegh.com |
An acute water shortage has hit parts of South Tongu District in the Volta Region for over a week forcing residents to sacrifice their time and comfort to go in search of water.
Places most affected included Agorgbe, Kpotame, Fievie, Gonu, Adutor where residents especially women and school children spent so much time looking for water from wells and dams for domestic use.
Information the reporter gathered indicated that issues of water had remained a problem in the district for years and residents’ appeal to authorities for solution yielded no results.
The residents who spoke to Voltaonlinegh suspected the problem of water shortage had to do with the pipelines and so, on several occasions appealed to the authorities at the district assembly to get Management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) on board to address the challenges with the pipelines to improve water supply to the affected communities.
In reaction, Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Hon. Kwabla Mensah Woyome expressed worry over the persistent water problem in South Tongu saying he had made several attempts including writing proposals to government for a lasting solution without success.
Mr. Woyome believed the problem was persisting because of a reduction in the capacity of flow of water at the Agordome Water Plant which was established since 1998, brought about by increase in population of the communities that the plant is expected t serve.
He said the same Agordome Water Plant supplies water to areas such as Anloga, Keta and surrounding communities in the Keta Municipality and so, to serve every community, the water is being rationed.
He disclosed that the authorities had made attempts in the past aimed at resolving the issue, explaining that at a time they thought the problem was coming from the water tank at Sogakope, they fixed it only to realise the issue still persisted.
He however assured the people that the assembly would keep working to ensure it tackled the issue of water shortage to relieve the people of the stress they currently go through to have access to water.