A $100,000 community water treatment plant has been constructed at Zeenu, a suburb of Ashaiman, to provide clean and affordable water for residents of the area.
The project, which was provided by WaterHealth Ghana, a subsidiary of WaterHealth International, is also to solve the problem of water scarcity in the community.
The plant has a water-purifying centre dubbed: ‘Dr Water’, which purifies water at a cost of GH¢21 with its kits and at GH¢1 on subsequent refill.
At a ceremony to inaugurate the plant in Accra, the Business Head of WaterHealth International for West Africa, Mr Ekow Blankson, said the plant went through six quality stages to ensure that water produced was of good quality for consumption.
He said accessibility to water in the peri-urban and rural communities was often a challenge, as what was available was often contaminated, hence the establishment of the plant to check the contamination of water and its associated diseases.
Mr Blankson said 26 similar projects had been undertaken in five communities in the country and expressed optimism that many more communities would benefit from the project with help from the government and other institutions.
The Co-ordinating Director of the Kpone-Katamanso District, Mr Mohammed A. Yakubu, thanked WaterHealth Ghana for the initiative and pledged to support the organisation’s activities.
He said the project would offer employment opportunities to the people of the area and thus help the assembly to reduce poverty.
Mr Yakubu urged the organisation to establish similar projects in other parts of the district for others to benefit.
Professor Azuma Nelson, Ghana’s renowned retired boxer, and his Manager, Mr Yaw Sekyi, attended the launch of the project.
WaterHealth Ghana is a subsidiary of WaterHealth International, a global leader in providing access to safe, high quality, affordable drinking water to underserved and unserved peri-urban communities in Ghana with its headquarters in the United States of America (USA).
It was established in 2007 in the country and has since established 26 water treatment plants to provide safe and clean water to five underserved and unserved peri-urban communities across the country.
WaterHealth Ghana works in collaboration with organisations such as Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Toyota Ghana, Guinness Ghana Breweries and the Millennium Development Authority.
The water centre
The water health centre is a decentralised water treatment facility that houses the water purification equipment. The facility has a production capacity of 65,000 litres of water per day.
Water treated by the water centre goes through six stages of processing and purification, thus making it safe for consumption.