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‘Broke’ Ghana Water Company embarks on massive nationwide disconnection exercise

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has served notice of a nationwide disconnection exercise of all consumers who fail to pay their bills.

The Company has revealed it is debt-ridden and in dire need of funds to retool and improve upon the delivery of its services.

In a public notice, the Ghana Water Company Limited expressed that all customers owing will have to pay for a reconnection fee should their meters be disconnected.

The Electricity Company of Ghana had earlier reported of decisions to embark on a massive disconnection exercise. A public notice by the ECG says this move is to help them generate much revenue to manage their systems better.

“The exercise will focus on all categories of customers in arrears. All customers who owe ECG are therefore advised to pay up their bills,” excerpts of the statement read.

Meanwhile, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has asked for a tariff increase to support its operations.

The Managing Director of the state power distributor, Kwame Agyemang-Badu said the company needs the money to improve its operations amid incessant power outages across the country.

“If we get the increase, we will love it [but] that will be up to the PURC because, no matter what we propose, they will ultimately decide,” he stated.

He added: “In terms of distribution, we need support because we have to do upgrades to make sure the system is sustainable. We don’t wait till something is broken before we fix it. We need additional funds to upgrade our systems at all times.”

The minister’s remarks come on the back of incessant power cuts in various parts of the country in the past few days, heightening fears among Ghanaians that the country is gradually moving towards the unbearable ‘Dumsor’ era.

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Despite these unannounced power cuts, the Ghana Grid Company, (GRIDCo) said the country has enough power to supply.

 

–Yen Ghana–

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