The Management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has assured locals in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions as well as the general public that water that flows through the taps in their homes is safe for consumption.
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) had advised locals settling around the Tano river to suspend drinking from the river until further notice.
This directive the river being poisoned after an accident on Monday, January 13, 2020.
“All communities along the Tano river from Techiman – Tanoso to Chira, Duayaw Nkwanta, Bechem are advised strongly not to drink water from the Tano river effective today till further notice.
“This release is necessitated by an accident involving an articulated truck carrying car battery at Tanoso in the Bono East Region,” NADMO said in a statement.
But the GWCL in a Press Release on Friday said the development has no effect on the water that GWCL treats and pumps into their homes.
“Management assures all that due to the stringent production processes the company employs in water treatment, water treated by GWCL meets the World Health Organization (WHO) and Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) standards before it is pumped into the system for consumption.
“All GWCL treatment plants are equipped with standard and in some locations, state-of-the-art laboratories, and as part of the treatment process, the pH of the raw water is tested at source, during the treatment process and ultimately the final clear water which is finally pumped for consumption. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for pH testing is hourly on daily basis but has currently been reduced to 30 minutes due to the current situation and also under 24 hour surveillance.
“The pH test is done to check the acidity and or basicity of any solution. GWCL as part of the treatment processes, stock hydrated lime in all its treatment plants which is used in correcting the pH in the event where it is low or high.
“Management wishes to assure the general public, that GWCL Experts are working together with the Water Resources Commission, NADMO and the District Assembly to bring the situation to normalcy and that, there is no need for any anxiety in consuming water that flows through the tap.”