By Naa Lamiley Bentil, ACARP
The Executive Secretary of ESPA Ms Ama Ofori Antwi, has visited the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant (ACARP) to familiarize herself with the operations of the company. ACARP, is currently building a Waste Water Treatment Plant which when completed will have the capacity to treat 600 cubic metres (60 of the 10 cubic meters trucks) daily.
Ms Ofori-Antwi accompanied by the Chairman of the Liquid Waste Association, Pastor Daniel Lamptey were taken round by the Plant Manager, Mr. Jacob Nkunu.
According to Mr. Nkunu, work on the ultra-modern waste water treatment plant is expected to be completed at the end of August, 2016.
Civil works on the project started in 2013 and machine installation also begun last year. Contractors were busily putting finishing touches to some aspects of the project at the time of the visit.
Mr. Nkunu told Ms Ofori-Antwi that test run was also ongoing.
“The end product from the treatment plant is clean water. We cannot drink but we can use it for irrigation, fish farming, lawn watering, construction and firefighting.
Presently, work on various aspects of the project including the Liquid Waste Seperator, Storage Tank, Buffer Tank, and Comprehensive Tank have been completed.
Currently, the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), which includes the city of Accra s facing liquid waste management challenges and the completion of the plant according to Pastor Lamptey will help to address those challenges.
About 200 drivers who operate cesspit dislodge liquid waste untreated into the Atlantic Ocean at Korle-Gonno. The area has since been named Lavender Hill due to the nauseating stench that emanates from that part of Korle Gonno.
Ms. Ofori-Antwi commended ACARP for the foresight. She stated that ESPA was working round the clock to regularise the activities of the cesspit operators to ensure that their work did not negatively affect the environment.