Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has begun substitute of the largest pipe line in the united states of america which is forty two inch in diameter laid over 50 years ago.
The 53-kilometre lengthy pipeline spans from its therapy station at Kpong to its booster station at Tema regularly experiences leakages due to immoderate corrosion.
This has led to a massive loss of dealt with water main to shortages in some areas and requires about $300m to replace.
However, due to monetary constraints, GWCL is taking this challenge in phases.
The employer via its troubleshooting has recognized about two kilometres of its line which desires pressing interest at a fee of GH¢4m to enhance efficiency.
Public Relations Manager for GWCL, Stanley Martey disclosed this after inspecting the development of work at Gbetsile Junction No.2 in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality.
“Since the business enterprise does no longer have the monetary muscle to trade the numerous kilometres of broken pipeline, it will be completed as and when we have funds,” he said.
According to him, due to the maintenance, communities relying on Kpong for water would possibly go some days barring water, however, provide will be restored as soon as works are performed on the pipeline.
Barring any technical hitch or horrific weather, the group is predicted to end work on a hundred and twenty metres of the transmission earlier than the weekend.
“The group is working on one hundred twenty metres of the transmission line and this will be repeated till 2 kilometres of the susceptible line is covered,” he said
Before coming to site, we had all the critical logistics, machines, personnel amongst different matters wished for this all-important work ready,” he indicated.
Despite the degree of corrosion of these lines, Mr Martey said, countless steps are taken by means of the great assurance crew which ensures the security of customers is no longer compromised.
Meanwhile, Regional Chief Manager, ATMA Production, Ing. Charles A. Brobbey supervising the work stated it is progressing steadily.
“You recognize it rained on Tuesday when work commenced however we are placing in a good deal effort to end in accordance to schedule.”
Asked why the organisation is the use of metal pipes for the replacement, he maintained the fantastic kind for this work have to have been High-Density Polyethylene Pipe (HDPE).
However, this kind of pipe is no longer produced in the us of a and efforts to get a product to shut HDPE did now not work out due to the Covid-19 pandemic amongst different factors.
“We are doing the vital coating on the inside, safety on the backyard and wrap it,” Ing. Brobbey revealed.
Meanwhile, Ing. Charles A. Brobbey is sad with the degree of encroachment alongside the route of their pipelines and warns that GWCL enterprise will be compelled to pull down any shape if the want be.