Accra will from the end of this year benefit from a pilot project that will convert sea water to portable water.
Initially, 10 million gallons of water will be produced daily.
Mr Minta Aboagye, Director of Water at the Ministry of Water Resources Works and Housing, disclosed this in Accra on Friday at a workshop on water rights in informal economies.
It was organised by the Water Resources Commission (WRC) in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water for Food.
The treatment plant will be located at Teshie-Nungua.
Mr. Aboagye did not disclose the name or names of the companies to undertake the project but said a local firm with foreign partners would be in charge of the project.
Mr Aboagye said it had become necessary that a scientific approach was adopted in finding solution to the country’s water problem and that such a development was a welcome news.
He said the project would be monitored by relevant regulatory bodies to ensure that it conformed to the utility regulations of the country.
The Director said the plant would be connected to the national system after the pilot period augment available sources of water.
In the light of that, he said the government was expanding the water treatment works at Kpong to increase its capacity to enable it to contain the volume of water to be produced.
The Executive Secretary of Water Resource Commission, Mr. Ben Amponsah, said pressure on lands had led to an uncontrolled situation where wetlands and lands water sources had been sold without recourse to institutional and legal provisions.
He said there was the need to consider elements of customary law and tradition to improve on the management of the country’s water resources
The WRC, he said was faced with difficulties in identifying the location of small- scale water users to estimate the volume of water used to build a reliable database.
Mr Ampomah stated that the inspectorate division of the WRC was not fully operational due to non-compliance and enforcement, adding that the Commission was currently operating through what he described as a desktop monitoring system of permit, which was more regular than physical inspection.
The acting executive secretary said due to the informal nature of most enterprises it was difficult to locate their businesses because documentation on their activities was inadequate or non-existent resulting in low identification, a situation that would require substantial resources.
Mr. Ampomah said enforcement of customary rules on water rights at the community level by the traditional authorities was weak.