Water shortage hits Tema

Empty Veronica buckets were the first to greet staff, clients and guests to various institutions this week in the Tema Metropolis. 

This was as a result of the interruption in water supply due to routine maintenance works by the Ghana Water Company Limited.

The situation had caused an acute water shortage as many institutions and homes struggled for water for cleaning and handwashing.

Washing of hands under running water had been one of the key safety  protocols for the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic to ensure clean hands to curb the spread of the virus.  

However, a common sight had been the disappointment on the faces of persons who confidently walked to Veronica buckets mounted at various entrance and exit points to turn on the taps only to realise the tap was not flowing. 

This Reporter observed that most of such persons just walked away to go about their normal  businesses without taking the trouble to sanitise their hands.

One of such disappointed persons, a commercial vehicle driver, Musah Kadiri who had gone to renew his document in an office told The Spectatorin an interview that the practice had  the potential to spread the virus as each person opened the tap with possibly contaminated hands and left.


He suggested that much as the water situation appeared terrible, heads of various institutions must endeavour to provide water for handwashing since their clients came from other places and could be carrying the virus. 

The  Spectator is drawing the attention of the Ghana Water Company Limited to the inconveniences  being caused to the public to resolve whatever challenges that caused the interruption of water supply to alleviate the suffering of the public.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema

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