Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has allegedly struck a deal to import freshwater from the desert emirate of Dubai.
The deal which was reached after weeks of intense negotiations between Ghanaian government officials and their counterparts from Dubai- the second largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) federation – will be made public at a lavish ceremony to be held at the plush Movenpick hotel.
Ghana, a nation blessed with a band of selfless and fiercely patriotic leaders as well as numerous natural water resources, is plagued with a recurrent case of acute water shortages.
Government officials are believed to be delighted with themselves for having such great vision to close this all important deal days before the Ghana Water Company Limited shuts down the Kpong treatment plant for regular maintenance works.
Under the terms of this deal, Dubai, which lies in the Arabian Desert with a desolate average rainfall of 4 inches a year, will supply Ghana with an estimated 10 million litres of distilled water per day from it’s huge desalination plants.
The oil rich state which has very limited natural sources of freshwater boasts of the worlds largest desalination plants. These plants convert seawater into drinking water to satisfy the needs of the citizens and the growing number of tourists.
An insider at GWCL revealed that a water rationing programme christened ‘Kofi Dubai Water Management Programme’ has been drawn up by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the nation’s experts in the rationing of utility services. This is to ensure every Ghanaian household gets their fair share of the imported water.
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