Potable water coverage receives boost

IMT International, an Italian international dredging company, has put forward plans to provide the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing with eight revolutionary water well systems.

IMT made the offer to the sector Minister, Alhaji Collins Dauda, during a brief ceremony in Accra on Tuesday.

The revolutionary water well system, which is similar to the borehole, is an innovative technology developed to allow the digging of up to 3,000mm diameter wells of 500m deep holes.

The system itself generates the power it requires to operate through the water it extracts from the wells, and, therefore, requires no external power supply.

The revolutionary water well systems, which are yet to be received by the ministry will be sited at locations yet to be decided by the ministry.

The water system allows the well water to be filtered, purified and stored at a depth of 50 metres close to the surface of the well. Potable water for all by 2025

Alhaji Dauda said the government was committed to ensuring that all communities had potable water. He said he was, therefore, grateful to IMT for the gesture.

He was hopeful that the move would complement the government’s effort at reaching its target of total potable water coverage by 2025.

Alhaji Dauda said since 2001 successive governments had put in place measures to improve on water supply.

He said  by the close of 2012, 64 per cent potable water coverage had been achieved. He expressed optimism that if all measures instituted worked as planned, 76 per cent water coverage would be obtained by the close of 2015. 

He said the new well system would help solve the water supply deficit in the country, especially in the rural areas, and also help Ghana to meet its Millennium Development Goal on potable water coverage by 2015. The new well water project

The water well system project was initiated and facilitated by M. Barbisotti and Sons Limited, an Italian international construction company based in Ghana.

The Vice-President of IMT International, Mr Nicolo Zenga, said his company had also developed technologies that could be applied in the oil and gas sector and which could also be of benefit to Ghana’s oil industry.

He said IMT had introduced the system in Asia, North and South Africa, adding that the company’s equipment was not for sale.

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