57-year-old Tema Sewage Network to be rehabilitated

President Nana Akufo-Addo has broken grounds to commence the construction of a new Tema Sewer Network and Waste Water Treatment Plant, and the Ashaiman solid waste treatment plant  to create a sane environment in the Tema Metropolis.

According to President Akufo-Addo, Tema is the foremost, well-planned community in Ghana, with a central sewerage network, pumping stations, and a treatment facility, which were constructed and commissioned in 1963, and, consequently, rehabilitated in 1994.

The Tema Sewerage System was constructed and commissioned in 1963 and consequently rehabilitated in 1994 for the collection, transport and treatment of human excreta and grey water within the Tema Metropolis.

The management of the Sewage system was under the control of the then Tema Development Corporation until 1998 when it was transferred to the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.

The whole treatment facility, currently has been shut down and raw sewage flows through a bypass directly into the sea without treatment.

But, on Sunday October 25, 2020 cut the sod for work to begin on the reconstruction of the facility where he noted that” It is, thus, for this reason that Government deemed it prudent to facilitate the construction of an Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant and a Waste Water Treatment Plant to address the environmental sanitation challenges confronting the good people of Tema.”

He however bemoaned the effect of the increasing population of the members of the Tema Metropolis on the plant and hence noted that the initial design capacity of the sewer plant was to treat twenty thousand (20,000) cubic metres of waste water per day for a total population of fourteen thousand, nine hundred and thirty-seven (14,937).

“The sewer system can, therefore, not cope with the volumes generated as a result of increased population,” the president added

But the new facility will be a modern waste water treatment plant with a combined system that will treat both waste water from the network and septage from cesspool trucks.
Speaking at the sod cutting ceremony, President Akufo Addo assured government’s commitment to restore sanctity to the Metropolis through the decommissioning and re-engineering of the Kpone (Tema) and Oti (Kumasi) landfill sites.

“The sewage problem you have experienced for the past years will be a thing of the past and Tema will regian its beauty,” the president said.

He, thus, urged all key stakeholders, particularly the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), to collaborate with the operators of the facility to ensure it’s good stewardship.

The Project is a collaboration between the government, Zoomlion Ghana Ltd and its partners Imo Technology and Komptech.

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