Ghanaians to enjoy free water supply until 31 December

The government has cautioned all landlords and tanker service providers to refrain from selling or otherwise charging for water supplied to onsumers

Government has extended its free water supply package for all Ghanaians for another three months effective from 1 October to 31 December 2020, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, said in a statement.

The decision is one of additional measures to enable Ghanaians to adhere to hygiene protocols and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

“This is to enable Ghanaians to continue with the protocols, especially the washing of hands under running water, to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.

The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources cautioned all landlords and tanker service providers to refrain from charging or selling water to consumers because the government is paying for the service.

Sanitation Ministry statement

The ministry also advised Ghanaians to “use the water judiciously in the observance of the protocols” as outlined until 31 December 2020.

This will bring to nine the number of months that the free water supply policy has been implemented to help consumers cope with economic challenges arising from the coronavirus disease.

In the first instance, the government absorbed costs for all consumers, in the case of water, and lifeline consumers, in the case of electricity.

Caring government

On Sunday 5 April 2020, President Akufo-Addo announced: “The Ghana Water Company Ltd and the Electricity Company of Ghana have been directed to ensure the stable supply of water and electricity during this period. There will be no disconnection of supply.”

The measures were aimed at cushioning the public, and especially vulnerable families, from the effects of COVID-19.

Speaking during his presentation of the Mid-Year Budget Review in Parliament in July, the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, said because the government puts the concerns and aspirations of the ordinary Ghanaian first, “That is also why we further reduced electricity by half and completely provided potable water for free for everybody since March this year …”

He said: “It takes a caring government of the people, and with that, I mean a government of all the people, to offer cost-free water to all across the country, representing all domestic and commercial customers in Ghana …”

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