AVRL develops water rationing programme

THE Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL) has developed an extensive water rationing programme to help mitigate the effects of the water crisis that has hit parts of Accra.
Consequently Tema and its environs, which receive water consistently without interference, will have their supply affected until the situation is resolved.
The Communications Manager of the AVRL, Mr Stanley Martey, disclosed this to the Daily Graphic in an interview yesterday.
He said the AVRL had deployed its tankers to provide services to hospitals, schools and other critical institutions, while collaborating with the security agencies and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to get their fleet of tankers on board to help contain the situation.
“Getting the tanker fleet of the police, the military, the CEPS and the IRS would ensure that we supply water to the critical institutions and residential areas most hit by the crisis,” he said.
Mr Martey said the company was also in talks with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to place jumbo tanks at vantage points in addition to the services of private tanker operators to bring relief to the affected communities.
He said the recent closure of water hydrants in some parts of Accra was a step taken to ensure efficient water supply to customers of the company who were otherwise being denied water because such hydrants were sited on the “the company’s main lines.
He said the AVRL would mount the hydrants at other strategic places so that those affected by the closure could also get water from tanker operators.
Mr Martey appealed to the public to co-operate with the company as efforts were being made around the clock to resolve the unfortunate situation.
The Daily Graphic’s monitoring of the water situation in Accra New Town, Pig Farm, Kokomlemle and Nima indicated that the residents were still struggling for water.
However, information available to the Daily Graphic indicated that some parts of Alajo, Kotobabi and Mamobi had taps running.
Scores of people flooded the streets with their gallons while others packed the gallons into vehicles in search of water.
A resident of Accra New Town, Ms Patience Kumordzi, told the Daily Graphic she had to depend on “pure water” bags to do her business, which raise her expenditure.
Meanwhile the price of the “pure water” bag has shot up. The product, which was selling for GHP 55 and GHP 60 has risen to GHP 75 and GHP 90 in some areas.
An acute water shortage that has hit some parts of Accra since last Thursday has created serious hardships for the people living in those communities.
The affected areas include Adabraka, Dansoman, Sukura, Russia, Mataheko, Sakaman, Mallam, Kanashie and Odorkor, Accra New Town, Nima, Mamobi, and Pig Farm.


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