Cape Coast: Water shortage hit residents due to galamsey activities

Water shortage has hit Cape Coast and surrounding towns in the Central Region.

The shortage the Ghana Water Company says is attributed to illegal mining activities affecting River Pra.

The GWCL indicated that the Sekyere-Hemang water treatment plant keeps battling for water with galamsey miners.

GWCL further explained that river’s waterbed is left unsettled whiles poisonous chemicals are drained into the river.

The Distribution Manager for the GWCL in the region, Thomas Amenya, speaking on the issue said: “We are having very low levels at Sekyere Hemang Headworks as a result of heavy siltation (due to illegal mining activities). We are compelled to occasionally shut down to do desilting to enable us build requisite levels.”

He added that the affected communities are experiencing “no or low” flow at a point and “wants residents to bear with them”.

“Lack of constant supply from Sekyere Hermang Headworks to augment that of Brimsu Headworks means almost 40% shortfall in the total production volumes for Cape Coast township.”

He assured residents the GWCL is currently dealing with the issue hence they should exercise patience.


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