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Ghana Water Workers Indicted After Expired Chemicals Used

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Four employees of state-owned Ghana Water Co. have been indicted after an investigation found that expired chemicals were used to treat drinking water.

Ghanaian security officials who raided a warehouse at the country’s biggest water-treatment plant last month found bags of aluminum sulphate from China that had expired in June 2012, according to a government statement published today.

An internal probe found a lack of due diligence in procuring shipments of the chemical used to make water potable for humans, according to the statement. Among those indicted were two procurement officials at the water company, it said.

Daily water shortages are common in Ghana, the second-biggest economy in West Africa, due to a fast-growing urban population and a lack of investment in sanitation and infrastructure.

To contact the reporters on this story: Pauline Bax in Accra at pbax@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

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