Central Region gets 78 per cent potable water coverage

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Abrem Agona (C/R),
Aug. 28, GNA – Supply of potable water in the Central Region is expected to hit
78 per cent average by December 2016, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, the Minister of
Water Resources, Works and Housing has said.

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 regional current
water coverage 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 currently under construction to assess progress of work on
the project.

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.

Works on the water
supply project, which is being undertaken with support from  the Netherlands Government under its Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, was likely be completed ahead of schedule
in December.

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

He, however, said
during the dry season when the level of water in the Brimsu Dam was low, Cape
Coast and its neighbouring communities experienced acute water shortage.

He said the
Government was committed to investing in water infrastructure to ensure access
to potable water for all Ghanaians by 2025 through some interventions put in
place.

Dr Agyemang-Mensah
also visited the Kwamoano/Amarkrom and Nyinabontoa water supply system, a
sustainable rural water and sanitation project, which was commissioned last
year with a nine-member management team.

Aside the water
supply system, government has also constructed 18 boreholes in 18 communities
in the Hemang Lower Denkyira District in a bid to address the water problems
there.

Nana Nyansabuakwa,
Chief of Kwamoano, expressed gratitude to the Government for the intervention
to improve water supply as it had helped to reduce water related diseases.

He appealed to the
Government to take stringent measures to tackle illegal mining which 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 shortage in Cape Coast, Elmina and its neighbouring communities.

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

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

“This has resulted
in more cost for the GWCL,” he said.

Earlier Dr
Agyemang-Mensah paid a courtesy call on the Central Regional Minister, George
Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, where they discussed issues on water and housing and the
construction of modern office complex for institutions in the dilapidated
Ministry’s block in Cape Coast.

GNA

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