The Ghana Water Company Limited has announced an interruption in water supply in some cities across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Areas affected include Dansoman, Korle Gonno, Awoshie, Abeka Lapas, Tema all in the Greater Accra Region as well as Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region.
Spokesperson of the Ghana Water Company Limited, Stanley Martey, said water would be rationed in these cities as a result of pressure on their system.
“People who resort to treated water for washing of commercial vehicles, and other uses that may not be too necessary at this juncture should desist from that,” he told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Newsnite programme Monday.
Ghana has recorded six cases of coronavirus infection since the first two cases were announced last Thursday.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the shutdown of all public and private schools, universities and has banned conferences, funerals and other events as part of measures to combat the disease.
Ghanaians are being advised to wash their hands constantly under running water, but the water supplier has warned an interruption in supply.
“Water has become an essential commodity during this period in the event where you do not have water flow 24/7 you would have to increase your storage,” Mr Martey said.
He said the Ghana Water Company has been forced to ration water due to the pressure on their system.
“We are forced to ration water [and] there is a very huge task in terms of demand and supply,” he said, adding “Tema is also affected because we are managing the distribution within that area.”