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General News of Monday, 17 February 2020


Stop water pollution, pay bills to get constant water supply – GWCL

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The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has reiterated its call on the public to desist from polluting water bodies in the country and pay their bills to get constant flow of water supply to their homes and offices.

According to the Director of Media and Public Relations of GWCL, Stanley Martey, it costs the company huge sum of monies to treat polluted waters for consumption which affects effective service delivery and leads to increment in tariffs.

"Our river bodies are been polluted, who are polluting the river bodies, it is we the citizens. Now pollution of river bodies has an impact on the volumes of water that we extract for treatment, for consumption and so, if you pollute, the result is, we are unable to produce enough. It affects you the public or the consumer so our expectation is that we do our things right, let us stop polluting our river bodies so that we can have very good water extract and treat it for the people. Now if you pollute it, apart from that, the volumes will drain, it also makes cost of production very expensive which could eventually affect our tariffs" Mr Martey stated.

Mr. Martey, said this in Ho, at a year Performance Improvement Programme (PIP) contract signing between the GWCL and the State Interest and Government Authority (SIGA), formerly State Enterprise Commission.

He advised customers of the GWCL to pay their bills regularly and desist from illegal connections since such activities do not auger well for the growth of the company.

"If you also do not pay your bills regularly and promptly the way you should, it will also affect us because we need money to invest back into the system. So, if the little that we have to use in investing into the system so that we could treat you well or we could serve our customers well, and the money is not coming how are we going to serve you? So, the consumer also has a role to play by paying his bill's promptly and regularly," he stated.

Mr Martey further stressed that "you have another role by refusing to involve yourself in malpractices against the company, like illegal connections, bypasses and indiscriminate use of water. If you are paying for water it doesn't also mean you should just use it unnecessarily because if you do that, it affects the pressure in the line and it affects the next consumer."

The Managing Director of the Company, Mr. Clifford A. Braimah took the participants through presentation on Performance Improvement plans including good working attitudes towards customers, how to identify flaws and solve it.

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