The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has emphatically stated that it never used expired chemicals to treat water for public consumption, as has been widely reported in the media.
Some aluminium sulphate, or alum, imported from China by the Ghana Urban Water Company to purify tap water expired last June, raising serious public health questions. National Security has dispatched BNI operatives to the Weija water treatment plant to carry out further investigations, Joy News has learnt.
But GWCL Public Affairs Director Stanley Martey told Joy News, “this chemical has not been used; it has not been used at all.”
He said the water being produced by the company is supposed to meet certain standards, stressing that there is no way the company would distribute water to the public if it does not meet the standards set by the Ghana Standards Authority and the World Health Organisation.
He explained that the chemical in question is now being delivered to them and that none has been used for production.
Mr Martey further noted that the GWCL went through a process, which lasted over a year, to get the chemical delivered to them without knowing the expiration date at the time the shipment was imported.
He said national security has been called upon to help retrieve the expired chemical from their warehouses.
“We will not know or see the chemical until delivery, so at the point of delivery, we realised this so we have asked the national security to support us to retrieve all the chemicals,” he maintained.
He emphasised that, “we want to assure the general public that we are not distributing unwholesome water, we are giving them the best quality that we can.”
Meanwhile, Joy News has learnt that Water Resources, Works and Housing Minister Alhaji Collins Dauda and officials from the Ghana Urban Water Company have met to discuss the matter.
Mr Martey assured the public that a statement will be issued Wednesday to lay bare the facts and possibly assuage public fears.