About 46 percent of water produced by the Ghana Water Company Ltd(GWCL) are not accounted for due to illegal connections and pipe bursts.
This makes the Company suffer deficits and hinders its expansion projects aimed at increasing water supply for the consuming public.
The Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer of GWCL, Kwadwo Daase, gave the information when they paid an unannounced visit to El Passo Lodge at the Old Estate in Koforidua in the New Juaben Municipality, to investigate reports that the hotel had tapped water and commercialising it without paying tariffs.
According to him, the Loss Control Unit of the Company, through its routine checks, found the Lodge owing 1,600 Ghana cedis and disconnected its tap in December 2014 with the expectation that the bill will be settled for reconnection but it failed.
Mr Daase said, upon an exercise carried out by the Loss Control Unit, it discovered that the disconnected tap had been reconnected without the notice of GWCL which is illegal.
After assessing the amount of water consumed for the past 27 months, Mr Daase noted, that the Lodge is indebted to the tune of 13,950 and preparing the bill in addition to the tune of administrative cost before any legal action is taken.
He appealed to the public to be bold enough to disown those indulging in illegal connections which affect the Company’s revenue generation.
Mr Daase said the company will continue with the exercise to bring such culprits to book to serve as deterrent to others.