Water coverage in Central Region to hit nearly 80 per cent

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Abrem Agona (C/R), Aug. 25, GNA – Potable
water supply coverage rate in the Central Region is expected to hit 78 per cent
average by December 2016, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Minister of Water
Resources, Works and Housing, has said.

The Current water coverage in the Region
stands at 68 per cent.

The Minister made this known when he paid a
working visit to the Brimsu Water Dam and the Abrem Agona Water Project to
access progress of work.

The Abrem Agona Water Project in the
Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality when completed would solve the
perennial water shortage faced by residents in some parts of the Region.

The project, which is expected to benefit more
than 400,000 people in the Cape Coast Metropolis and its surrounding
communities, would primarily inter-connect the two water systems at Sekyere
Hemang and Brimsu.

About 3.1 million gallons of treated water
from Sekyere Hemang would be supplied to the two water wells at Abrem Agona
and, subsequently, made available to areas with supply from the Brimsu head
works.

The project, being undertaken with support
from the Netherlands Government under its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
programme, is expected to be completed ahead of schedule in December.

Interacting with the media after his visit, Dr
Mensah said the water supply coverage for the Cape Coast Metropolis and the
neighbouring KEEA Municipality improved after the completion of the 6.6 million
gallons daily capacity water treatment plant at Sekyere Hemang.

He, however, noted that in the dry season when
the level of the Brimsu dam, another source of water supply in the region was
low, Cape Coast and its neighbouring communities experienced acute water supply
shortages.

He said the Government was, therefore,
committed to investing in water infrastructure to ensure access to potable
water for all Ghanaians by 2025 and enumerated some of the interventions
Government was putting in place to addresses water problems across the country.

The Minister also visited the
Kwamoano/Amarkrom and Nyinabontoa Water Supply System, a sustainable rural
water and sanitation project, which was inaugurated last year with a
nine-member management team.

Besides the water supply system, the
Government has constructed 18 boreholes in 18 communities in the Hemang Lower
Denkyira District in a bid to address the water problems in the district.

Nana Nyansabuakwa, the Chief of Kwamoano,
expressed gratitude to the Government for the interventions put in place to
address the water problems in the area as the provision of potable water had
helped to reduce water-borne diseases.

He appealed to the Government to take
stringent measures to tackle illegal mining, which he said was destroying the
water bodies in the area.

Mr Berchmans Ackom, the Regional Distribution
Manger of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), said the Abrem Agona Water
Supply Project was necessitated by the perennial water shortages in Cape Coast,
Elmina and its neighbouring communities.

He said per the demands from these areas, GWCL
thought it wise to resort to Sekyere Hemang, which had constant source from the
River Pra to complement that of Brimsu to meet the high demand.

He said illegal mining activities contaminated
water bodies with chemicals metals, hence the need for more Chlorine and other
treatment agents to purify and process the water for consumption.

As a result, he said, the GWCL incurred more
costs in treating water for supply.

Dr Mensah earlier paid a courtesy call on the
Central Regional Minister, Mr George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, where issues
relating to water and housing in the Region were discussed.

They also deliberated the construction of an
ultra-modern office complex for institutions and agencies in the dilapidated
Ministry’s block in Cape Coast.

GNA

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