AVRL installs bulk meters— To control water loss (Back page)

Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL) is installing bulk meters at the Weija Treatment Plant as part of a nation-wide loss control measure to deal with the loss of treated water.

The meters will ensure effective monitoring of treated water to reduce loss that occurs during its distribution.

The project, which is estimated to cost GH¢4.2 million, will see the installation of 473 bulk meters at all headworks, booster stations and major reservoirs throughout the country.

In all, eight meters will be installed in phases at Weija.
Available information indicates that 50 per cent of water distributed in the country, valued at US$100 million, cannot be accounted for, with the situation blamed on illegal connections.

Briefing the media, an AVRL water distribution specialist, Mr John Abu-Ghansah, said monitoring water distribution in the country had been difficult because most of the meters in the system had broken down.

He observed that the installation of the meters would help the company manage the water it sent out to consumers and devise mechanisms that would help track where the waste was occurring and find measures to curb it.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic on how the meters work, the Operations Manager of DWA Dizengoff Ghana Limited, Mr Louis Lategan, said daily reports, including emergency situations and the overall operation of the plant, would be automatically sent to the plant manager through SMS.

He said all data gathered from the various plants would be fed into a centralised system at the AVRL Head Office for the appropriate action to be taken.

To further improve the performance of equipment at the plant, the Production Manager of the plant, Mr Michael Amuakwa, said AVRL was carrying out a maintenance programme to repair leaking valves, clean contact tanks and also clean the screen that filtered water from the dam.

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