Work is progressing steadily on the first ever one hundred and twenty-six million dollar sea desalination project site at Nungua in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipality for the production of potable water from the sea. The project which is over 70 percent complete will serve about five hundred thousand households in part of Greater Accra when completed. The Chief Executive Officer of the BEFESA Desalination Development Ghana, contractors of the project, Juan Laaroussi said this when Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Works and Housing visited the project site to ascertain progress of work.
In a bid to comprehensively address the water situation in Accra, Government in 2011 awarded the contract to BEFESA Desalination Development Ghana for the establishment of a sea water treatment plant to produce clean water which will be channeled into the pipelines of the Ghana Water Company for distribution to the public. The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Works and Housing David Tetteh Assumeng who led the MPs to the site expressed joy at the level of work done so far and said the water treatment plant will help address the challenges in the water sector. He explained that the MPs decided to visit the site to inspect the level work done in order to report back to Parliament as the body that approved the one hundred and twenty-six million dollar facility for project.
Mr. Tetteh Assumeng said in an era of climate change where water bodies are drying up it is important to take advantage of the ocean to provide potable water for both domestic and industrial use.
The Chief Executive Officer of the BEFESA Desalination Development Ghana, contractors of the project, Juan Laaroussi said the plant is expected to produce thirteen thousand gallons of water daily and told the MPs that water from the facility will be safe for consumption. He said the water treatment plant has a dedicated power supply from the Electricity Company of Ghana saying with the power arrangement the company will operate at full capacity to ensure continuous production of water for consumers.The sea water will be pumped 450 metres away from the shore to guarantee the quality of the water that is collected for treatment. Per the agreement the company will operate the facility for 25years after which it will hand-over the plant to the Ghana Water Company to manage. Clean Water is expected to flow from the sea desalination plant into the taps of consumers by the end of November when the project will be fully completed.