15 Boreholes For C. Region

FIFTEEN mechanised boreholes are being constructed under the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (SRWSP) for selected towns in the Central Region.

Under the project, a total of 200 boreholes, fixed with hand pumps will be provided in a number of rural communities in the selected metropolitan, municipal and district areas.

The 75-million-dollar project, being funded by the government and the International Development Association of the World Bank, is to increase the provision of safe drinking water and improve sanitation.

The SRWP, which started in May 2012, and scheduled to end next month is to provide 1,200 boreholes in the Northern, Brong Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West, Western and Central regions.

Mr. Clement Bugase, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), the main facilitating agency of the project, announced these at the weekend when he visited some project sites at Assin Fosu, with other CWSA Board of Directors.

The nine-member board, led by Nana Danso Agyei Ababio, Paramount Chief of Nkasem Traditional Area in the Brong Ahafo Region, was to inspect the progress of the project and on tour to assess the level of preparations by beneficiary communities to manage the system when completed.

The board visited the Assin Andoe-Besease-Kyinso, Wurakese, Kwamoano-Armakrom, Nyinabotoa SRWSP sites, and the Assin Fosu Small Town Water System, which was completed in 2012 under the Central Government and the European Union Small Town Water and Sanitation Project.

Mr. Bugase expressed optimism that the project, which was about 90 per cent complete, would be ready as scheduled, while the others would be completed latest by January 2015.

Nana Ababio, for his part, was impressed with progress of work, especially with the fact that, soon residents of the beneficiary communities would have potable water and pledged the Board’s commitment to work in the interest of the people.

He was optimistic that with the provision of water in the beneficiary communities, the sanitation and hygiene situations would improve, and urged those communities to sustain and manage the system and boreholes well to prolong their durability.

Nana Nyansaboakwa, Odikuro of Kwamoano in the Hemang Lower Denkyira District, lauded the government for not neglecting them but providing them with a water system, which would solve most of their water associated problems.

He gave the assurance that the system would be properly managed for its benefits to be maximised, but appealed for the installation of power generating plants, in view of the erratic power supply in the area, to ensure continuous water supply.-GNA

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