The Ghana Water Company Limited has revealed it will cost the government about GH¢ 255 million in its quest to absorb three months water bills of Ghanaians amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Yesterday, President Nana Akufo Addo informed Ghanaians government will ensure inhabitants in lockdown areas enjoy free uninterrupted power supply and water for the next three months as it absorbs the bills
“Ghana Water Company Limited and the Electricity Company Limited of Ghana has been directed to provide a constant supply of water and power during this period. In addition, there will be no disconnection of power.”
“Furthermore the government will absorb water bills of Ghanaians for the next three months ie April, May, June,” he said in a live broadcast on Sunday, April 5.
Speaking in an interview on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem, Mr Braimah explained the estimated cost is because they issue an average of GH¢ 85 million each month to customers.
“Though the government has announced free water, we will still bill the usage but it will be issued to the government to facilitate payment because we pay our own salaries and operational costs,” he explained.
However, he added they were yet to get a clarification on the free water supply.
“We have to get the policy document and know the extension that is to look at the category of people to enjoy the free water since it is not yet clear if it includes those using for commercial purposes,” he said.
Meanwhile, he called for the proper utilisation of water in all homes since more costs would be incurred if the water is wasted, especially during the lockdown period when a lot of people are home.