Residents living in and around the Tamale metropolis will have to brace themselves up for some periods of water shortage.
This is because management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in the Northern Region has served notice that they may be compelled to temporarily shut down the Nawuni Water Treatment Plant that supplies a greater population of consumers in the Region as the only measure to protect their installations due to the increasing water levels from the spillage of the Bagre Dam.
The Nawuni Treatment Plant is essentially the biggest water treatment plant in the Northern Region which supplies water to Tamale, Sagnarigu and Savelugu, Kumbungu and other catchment areas.
Management has, therefore, advised customers to store and conserve enough water in order not to be affected in case of a shutdown.
According to a statement released by management, the maximum standard operating level of the intake dam should not exceed 36 feet but as of Tuesday, September 20, the level of the in-take dam stood at 30.40 feet in addition to the Bagre Dam spillage.
It says: “Management would like the public and its cherished customers to understand that any operation beyond the maximum operating feet puts the water facility in jeopardy which could lead to the entire collapse and destruction of its equipment and installations.”
It continues: “Management would therefore want to assure the public and its cherished customers that water supply would continue once the river level is within its Standard Operating levels.”