The project, an initiative of IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, is a six-year multi-country learning project which seeks to improve rural water services.
It is aimed at contributing to a shift from one-off construction of water supply systems to indefinitely sustainable rural water services delivered at scale.
The Triple-S implementation in Ghana began with the signing of a hosting agreement with the CWSA in November 2009 and officially launched in May 2010 with the piloting of the service delivery approach starting in June 2011 at the Akatsi District in Volta Region, Sunyani West District in Brong-Ahafo Region and East Gonja District in the Northern Region.
Rev Nkum explained that the project had been piloted in the country for the past four years. He said as it comes to an end, there was a need to allow the beneficiaries tell their story about how it had helped in improving water and sanitation services in their communities.
He stated that the meeting was to create the platform for the participants to focus on the achievements and the legacies of the project and to strategise how to consolidate the gains which have been made.
Rev Nkum, External Learning Facilitator of the Project further indicated that one important learning experience was that the project had enabled the beneficiaries to understand the way to budget and to cost water sanitation services in what he called the ‘Full Life Cycle Cost’.
This, he said, include the pre-construction cost, construction cost and post-construction services.
A Chief Water and Sanitation Engineer at the CWSA, Divine Dugbartey, who sat in for the CWSA Regional Director, E.F. Boateng, in a speech said the Triple-S Project was introduced in the region in 2011 to tackle the long-term challenges of sustainable water supply by contributing to a shift from infrastructure provision to service delivery approach for the rural water sector.
‘The objective is to be achieved through series of experiments and action research which are being implemented in the Sunyani West District as well as two other districts in the Northern and Volta Regions,’ he noted.
Ing Dugbartey said even though the experiments were at various stages of implementations, the results have been encouraging, saying, ‘I am particularly thrilled by the opportunities created by the project which have enabled us at the CWSA Regional office to begin to reflect seriously on the post-construction side of the water supply equation.’
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FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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