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Ashanti Region: Ghana Water announces another round of shutdowns at Barekese, Achiase stations

The interruption is anticipated to last nearly 12 hours in parts of the Ashanti Region

The Ghana Water Limited has announced plans to temporarily shut down the Barekese Water Treatment plant and Achiase booster station in the Ashanti region, according to an official statement.

The statement issued on Wednesday (28 February) attributed the development to planned maintenance services by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), impacting the water supply in the Greater Kumasi Metropolis.

The interruption is anticipated to last nearly 12 hours, leading to potential erratic water availability for households in the affected areas. Including Thursday’s shutdown, the planned maintenance is scheduled to happen also on 7 and 14 March 2024.

“Management regrets the inconvenience the challenge may cause and advises customers to store and judiciously use water to avert any severe impact during the shutdown dates,” the statement said.

‘Dumsor’ is not back

In a related development the managing director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Samuel Mahama said that the power distributing company had a maintenance challenge adding that there is no dumsor.

Some power consumers across the country have in recent times registered their displeasure about the development describing it as a possible return to the era of power rationing also known as dumsor.

However, speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday (1 March), Mahama said the company had a maintenance challenge adding that there is no dumsor.

“I take the blame for this; I would like to say a big sorry. I would like to apologize for what has happened in the past few days. I know there has been a lot of speculation and we have allowed people to plug into the narrative, but the truth of the matter is that most of the narratives out there are all wrong.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say that dumsor is not back. We suffered a maintenance setback. Everybody knows about ECG, but most people don’t know that it is a value chain, for ECG what is given to us is what we distribute.”

“So we take full responsibility for the communication gap. We are working to make sure we become more proactive with the communication so everybody can plan, but it is not dumsor,” Mahama said.

Reporting By Jonathan Ofori, Asaase Newsroom, Kumasi

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