Launch of Teshie-Nungua desalination project postponed

Ghana’s government has postponed the commissioning of the Teshie-Nungua desalination water project.

The ministry of water resources has called for an investigation following reports from Ledzokuku-Krowor municipality residents that salty water was flowing from their taps.

Tests have been running since early February and president John Dramani Mahama was expected to turn the valves in an opening ceremony last week to start pumping treated seawater at 150 Ml/d to homes in the Teshie-Nungua catchment areas.

 A new commissioning date is yet to be made known. Deputy minister of water resources, Sampson Ahi, said the ministry has charged Ghana Water Company to probe into how the salty water found its way into the water supply lines.

The Teshie-Nungua Desalination Water Project started in October 2012 under a build, own, operate and transfer contact to serve about 500,000 people in Teshie, Nungua, the Teshie Military Barracks, Baatsonaa, Sakumono and parts of La-Dadekotopon all in the Greater Accra Region. Under the deal it will be managed for 25-years before being transferred to Ghana Water Company.