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For over two weeks, residents of Daban, Sokoban, Ampayoo in the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Akrofrom and Ampabame in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region  have been hit by water shortage due to damage caused to their lines by the contractor working on the Daban-Sokoban  to Ampabame portion of the Atwima Kwanwoma road.

The contractor, Kofi Job, failed to relocate the pipe lines before starting work on his portion of the road and in the process destroyed the lines, thus cutting off water supply to communities along those lines.


This has brought untold hardship to the residents who resort to all sorts of untreated water sources, including streams and hand-dug wells, to satisfy their water needs especially in this critical condition where water has become most needed commodity in the world because of deadly disease Coronavirus.

Those who can afford use the services of water tankers and bottled or sachet water.
The problem has become precarious with the onset of the rains and there is fear of a cholera outbreak as the sources of the water being consumed by the residents cannot be trusted.

Meanwhile, The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has refuse supply  the residents with water by means of tanker services to alleviate their plight while waiting for the contractor to provide the funds for them to replace the lines and restore supply to the affected communities.

According to the GWCL, the company had submitted its estimates for the relocation of the lines to the contractor  for onward submission to the Ghana Highways Authority.

The Ashanti Regional Communications Manager of GWCL, Mr Sampson Amoah, told Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame that,  the destruction of pipe lines by Kofi Job Construction limited has become a bane to them since he did same to the residents of Fabi, Dompoase, Esreso and refuse to fixed it for the past one year now.

When contacted, the engineer working on the road, who only give his name as Frank  said he will only speak with the media after seeking permition from his boss Mr Kofi Job but admitted that the company should have provided funds for the relocation of the pipes and pleaded with the residents to bear with the contractor for a while.

He also blamed the Ghana water for refusing to submit the estimate of the destroyed pipe lines.

Meanwhile, the company  had suspended works on the road.

Story filed by AKWADAA NYAME

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