Managements of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) have asked owners of commercial stand-pipes to service the public for free over a period of three month.
According to them, the directive was in line with article 611 of the GWCL domestic or consumer category which allows government to absorb and compensate vendors for offering free water service to the public.
A press statement issued today in Accra and signed by the Head of Communications of GWCL, Mr Stanley Martey stated that the instituted directive was part of the government’s effort to ease the social burden that has come as a result of the novel coronavirus.
He noted that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a televised address announced to the public that the citizenry would from April to June this year enjoy free water utility as the government absorbed all the bills while paying commission to vendors.
“Landlords and landladies who sell water to tenants must allow tenants to use the water for free from April, May and June,” Mr Martey said.
He explained that owners of commercial stand-pipes should register with the district offices of the GWCL to be eligible for the commission.
Mr Martey further stated that vendors were expected to still control the services to the public, but for free, adding that this would ensure the prudent use of water.
Tanker services, he noted have been arranged to serve deprived communities, stressing that consumers in such communities should liaise with their Assembly members, who would request for the services of these tankers from GWCL district offices.
In addition, Mr Martey said that numbers for all district offices of the GWCL would be published in the media.
He promised management’s commitment in working assiduously to enable the public have adequate water supply especially for domestic use as well as helping the citizenry to observe the necessary protocols outlined by the President.
To help the company through this critical period, Mr Martey advised consumers to strictly observe water conservation measures by moderately use of water for car washing, watering of lawns, while repairing all leakages of pipes and shutting taps when not in use.
He urged individuals who were owing GWCL to settle their arrears to enjoy the free services, adding that “report all burst pipes and persons engaged in illegal connections, by-passes, and all malpractices against GWCL to the nearest Police station or to the GWCL district offices.”