Safe Water Network, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in partnership with Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Newman’s Own, Stone Family and Vitol Foundations, have constructed water projects to improve water supply to three communities in Ashanti Region.
The communities are Anyinasu in the Ejura-Sekeredumase Municipality, Asonomaso in the Kwabre East, and Bonwire in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality.
Mr. Charles Nimako, Country Director of the NGO, said his organisation had over the past seven years completed about 80 water projects across the nation.
He said the intervention had impacted on the lives of 250,000, people adding that about 120,000 of them were in Ashanti Region.
Mr. Nimako said the NGO has targeted to supply water to additional 200 communities in the next three years.
He said the NGO was employing a market-based module, where each water station was viewed as a small business, managed by the local people.
Mr. Nimako indicated that “We build local capacity through comprehensive training to equip the local people with the technical know-how to manage the systems”.
The goal, he indicated, was to generate revenue to take care of the operation and maintenance cost to ensure sustainability of the facilities.
Mr. Nimako said the NGO had planned to install solar plants to significantly bring down the cost of running the systems.
Alhaji Mohammed Bawa Braimah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ejura-Sekyeredumase, said the project would bring relief to the people.
He asked the beneficiary communities to maintain the water facilities to enable them last long.