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Water shortage : GWCL to investigate staff extortion claims

By Wendy Amarteifio
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The Ghana Water Company Limited, GWCL in the Ashanti Region has stated that it will begin investigations with claims of its staff extorting money from residents of Atonsu in the Asokwa Municipality to reconnect their pipelines.

Reports indicate that the residents have been without pipe-borne water close to a month. People are seen carrying gallons and buckets in search of water in other areas for their domestic and commercial purposes.

The contractor working on the Asokwa dual carriage cut through the main pipelines of residents of Atonsu without any authorization from the Ghana Water Company Limited and it has resulted in water shortage in the area.

Some persons supposedly working with the GWCL are accused of extorting money from residents to reconnect water to their homes following the severe water shortage.

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Some business operators say the situation has caused high losses of operations.

''Our businesses are going down because we go out to fetch water to enable us run our businesses. It is costly, also there was no announcement before the closure of our taps''.

''We need water to help us run our business and domestic activities. Some have started collecting money for reconnecting and am told each household and business is supposed to pay GHC 100''.

Speaking to Starr FM, the Kumasi South District Manager of the GWCL, Elvis Boateng indicated that the company will investigate the issue.

''We will go further to investigate the issue to find out because it shouldn't be the case. There is a contractor paying for the damage caused so nobody should pay for this connection''.

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