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Acute water shortage hits Kumasi

Some areas in the Ashanti region are experiencing acute water shortage and residents have been unable to get water for several weeks.

The affected areas include Tafo, Pankrono and Buokrom all in the Old Tafo Municipality of the region.

Some of the residents who spoke in an interview with newsmen said water supply has been cut-off for about three weeks.

This has forced residents to use bags of sachet water and nearby streams for domestic purposes.

They are therefore appealing to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to address the matter for their taps to flow with water in the shortest possible time.

“The taps are not flowing for weeks, there are no wells too and people are not getting water, the situation is sad. People are now resorting to streams and other sources and it is very appalling in this modern age for residents to go and fetch water from streams that are contaminated yet, there is no alternative as the taps are not flowing,” one of the affected residents lamented.

A food vendor also explained that she had to suspend her business for some days because there was no water to cook food to sell to the public.

Responding to the development, Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officer of the GWCL, Mr Sampson Ampaw told newsmen on Monday, 28 May 2018, that the said water supply to the affected communities maybe restored before Tuesday.

He said that a 12-inches pipeline that supplies water to the affected communities got damaged leading to the water shortage.

He said fabrication works to get a replacement with steel pipeline and installation works have been completed.

Mr Ampaw said the site will be inspected and tested today to restore water supply.

He said the GWCL was sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Read the full statement below

Dear all

GWCL wish to inform you that the relocation of 600mm diameter pipeline at Kejetia will take  off from Tuesday, 29th May, 2018 to Thursday, 31st  May, 2018.

As a result, the following areas will be affected:





Ashanti Town (Abbey’s Park)






Chirapatre Estate




Parts of Manhyia

Nhyiaeso etc.

Please kindly inform our cherish customers to store enough water for the period as indicated.

Any inconvenience is deeply regretted



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