The government’s relief package to absorb water bills of all Ghanaians for three months, April to June 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic is set to end tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
The government took the responsibility to pay water bills for all Ghanaians for as part of measures to cushion citizens following restrictions on public gatherings and the subsequent partial lockdown of Accra, Kasoa, Kumasi and Tema.
According to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in a release on Monday, June 29, 2020, announced the end of the intervention.
“The month of June marks the end of the Governments directive to the Ghana Water Company Limited to serve Ghanaians with water for free as part of measures to curb the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers of GWCL must please note, that from hence, the payment of water bills will be the responsibility of the customer.”
“The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, and the Management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) therefore wishes to inform consumers and the general public that the last day of June 2020, officially ends the free water delivery,” the statement noted.
The GWCL has however assured Ghanaians that its staff will continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols in their course to resume reading meters across the country.
“GWCL assures customers that, meter readers, and all frontline staff, will continue to adhere and practice in full, all the protocols to protect themselves and our cherished customers, including cladding themselves in full GWCL apparel, identity cards, personal sanitizers and face masks, before accessing their premises to read the meters.”
Landlords and landladies have been asked to make their tenants aware of the earlier arrangement before the free water delivery.
Also, the GWCL has told water vendors to resume their normal business after the final meter readings in June 2020.
Below is the full press release from the GWCL