Ghanaians prefer to buy beer than to pay water bills – GWCL

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The inability of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to supply

adequate water is due to consumers’ failure to pay their water bills;

this is according to Communications Manager of the GWCL Stanley


Mr Martey said he finds it unbelievable that people are willing to

spend money on beer and other things rather than paying their bills,

when the price of a bottle of beer costs more than what they will pay

for a 1000 litres of water.

“People fail to pay their water bills, no matter how small it is, they

fail to do so but the sad aspect is that they find it easier to buy

credit or beer and other stuff which is more expensive than water.”

A family of four will only require 10,000 litres of water per week and

that should cost less than Ȼ30.00, “why should this be difficult for

us, if you sit with your friends to drink beer you consume more than

Ȼ30.00 at a sitting”.

Why should people refuse to pay their bills if water is not expensive?

he quizzed. We are not being fair when we do not pay our water bills.

He conceded that although the GWCL has not done exceptionally well in

the collection of water bills, it is doing its best to ensure that

consumers do not have to struggle to pay their bills.

This, he says, has been made possible through the provision of payment

points in various communities and the use of mobile money payment

systems to encourage consumers to pay their bills.

He also noted that consumers can make payments in various major banks

across the country.

Our payment system is postpaid so after consuming the water it should

not be difficult to pay for it, he said.

As the world celebrates World Water Day Sunday, Mr Martey said

Government is doing all it can to ensure that potable water is made

available to people across the country.

Places like Teshie-Nungua, Madina and Adenta, who hitherto struggled

to access clean water have all been provided with water through the

Kpong expansion rehabilitation and expansion project which was

commissioned by the President last year, he indicated.

He was hopeful that with the many projects which are being undertaken

by the GWCL, water rationing should be a thing of the past, making it

easy for people to access clean water.

Water.Org estimates that approximately 750million people around the

world lack access to clean water and more than half of that

(385million) are from Africa.

Statistics again provided by Water.Org indicate that in Ghana

approximately 7million rural folks/communities do not have access to

potable water while 2.5 million people in urban communities also lack

good, clean drinking water.

WaterAid reports that over 3,000 children under five years old die

annually from poor water and sanitation in Ghana.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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