The Ashanti regional office of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has announced that it will shut down the Barekese headworks on Tuesday 14-16 March, 2017 for major maintenance works.
The Barekese dam on the river Offin supplies potable water to some parts of the Kumasi metropolis.
Residents in the area have being advised to store enough water within that period.
Speaking on Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, the regional Public Relations Officer of GWCL Sampson Ampah assured that supply will be restored to normalcy as soon as maintenance works are complemented.
He said they are not shutting down the plant for repairs due to nefarious activities by ‘Galamsey’ operators who have been polluting water bodies resulting in shortage of water in some parts of the country.
‘…We need to maintain the plant so that we will be able to work continuously and serve our customers better. When you are operating with plants, we have maintenance schedule that we need to follow which comes in various stages, there are some that we have on daily, weekly and others on monthly basis and others too year long or two years. We need to maintain our plants and equipment very well to supply water to our customers effectively. Its purely maintenance schedule that we are following. We have anticipated that within that three- days period, we should be able to finish with the maintenance works and restore supply, its our prayer that we don’t encounter any other challenge,’ he explained.
Mr Ampah assured that they are working around the clock with the security agencies to clamp down on ‘Galamsey’ operators within the catchment areas.
The affected places will include: Adum, Asafo, Nhyiaeso, Dichemso, Sawaba, Aboabo, Bukrom, Pankrono, Suame, Ahodwo, Breman, Kronum, Abrepo, Suntreso, Patasi, Fankyenebra, TUC, Adiembra, Kwadaso, Asawase, Anloga, Ayigya, Oduom, Tech, Asokwa, Atonsu, Gyenasi, Ahinsan, Chirapatre, Kentinkrono and others.