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Water shortage hits Tarkwa as flood damages GWCL treatment plant

The Ghana Water Company Ltd’s Water (GWCL) Treatment plant in Bonsa, located in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality, has been impacted by a flood, resulting in water shortages in various parts of the Tarkwa township.

Persistent heavy rainfall has caused flooding in the Bonsa community, leading to the displacement of approximately forty households and the collapse of numerous houses, rendering people homeless.

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The entire Bonsa highway has been inundated with floodwater. With the assistance of local youth, drivers cautiously navigate through the flooded road to avoid getting stuck, offering a token of appreciation to the boys for their help.

The flood has affected the water treatment plant responsible for providing water to Tarkwa and surrounding areas, which has resulted in a disruption of water supply to several communities in the Tarkwa township.

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Communities affected by the water shortage include Bonsa, Ahwetieso, Akyempim, Bankyim, Jerusalem, Tamso, and others.

In an interview, Wisdom Doe Akoto, the Tarkwa District Manager of the Ghana Water Company, explained the significance of a pump house located near the river. This pump draws water to the treatment plant for purification before distribution to consumers.

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Mr. Akoto emphasized the importance of the pump in the water distribution system, noting that its damage would have significant consequences for the company and consumers. To prevent further damage, the pump was removed from its location.

He assured that once the flood subsides, the pump will be reconnected, and water distribution to the affected communities will resume.

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