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General News of Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Source: myjoyonline.com

We didn't use expired chemicals - GWCL fights back

Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has stated it did not use expired chemicals to treat water for public consumption, as widely reported in the media.

Aluminium sulphate, or alum, imported from China by the Ghana Urban Water Company to purify tap water expired in June last year, raising serious public health questions. National Security has dispatched BNI operatives to the Weija water treatment plant to carry out further investigations, Joy News has learnt.

But the Public Affairs Director of GWCL, Stanley Martey, told Joy News: “This chemical has not been used; it has not been used at all.”

He said the water being produced by the company is supposed to meet certain standards, stressing that there was no way the company would distribute water to the public that does not meet the standards set by the Ghana Standards Authority and World Health Organisation.

He explained that the chemical in question was now being delivered to them and none has been used for production.

Mr Martey further noted that they went through a process which lasted over a year, to get the chemical delivered to them without knowing the expiring date as of the time it was being imported.

He said the national security has been called upon to help retrieve the expired chemical from their warehouses.

“We will not know or see the chemical until delivery. So at the point of delivery, we realised this so we have asked the national security to support us to retrieve all the chemicals,” he maintained.

He emphasised that: “We want to assure the general public that we are not distributing unwholesome water, we are giving them the best quality that we can.”

Meanwhile, Joy News has learnt the Sector Minister and officials of the Ghana Urban Water Company have met on the matter.

Mr Stanley Martey however assured the public that a statement will be issued tomorrow to lay bare the fact, and to calm public fears.

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