Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has blamed erratic power supply for the water shortages in the Tamale Metropolis.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South Haruna Iddrisu last week sent a SOS message to the government to declare a state of emergency to ensure funds are made available to fix the problem.

Speaking at the Public Accounts Committee sitting on Monday, the Managing Director (MD) for GWCL, Dr. Clifford Braimah disclosed that aside from a stalled water project, unstable power supply is to blame for the development.

Dr. Braimah however revealed that demand has far outstripped supply in the enclave.

“Electricity is an issue for us. We depend on the national grid. The inefficiencies of the grid compound our inefficiencies. Sometimes in Tamale instead of doing the 45,000 cubic meters we do 16,000 just because the power is not stable.

“Anytime the power fluctuates the pump machines stop, they don’t work. So we have our systems working properly but the power source to us is not okay. We normally will do a dedicated line but the electricity companies will tell you when you build your own lines after 24 hours it becomes their property. So they hook onto our lines to other communities,” he explained.  

Source: Ghana/