Akatsi District increases access to safe water

District Chief Executive, James Gunu.............The Akatsi North District has increased access to safe water by 70 per cent within three years, Mr. James Gunu, the District Chief Executive has said.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), he said people in the District now enjoy free mechanised boreholes and are no longer dependent on ponds and dams for water in the largely forested and farming communities.

Mr. Gunu said, consequently, the district had not recorded any case of cholera and other sanitation related diseases since 2013.

He said all basic schools benefitting from the Assembly’s local school feeding programme had been given polytanks to encourage hand washing with soap for improved sanitation and hygiene in the schools.

Mr. Gunu said with support from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, five more boreholes would be drilled at Agordza, Kamiakope, Avevoe, Afatsiawukope and Nudowukope by October this year, towards achieving 90 per cent access to safe water by 2017.

He said the assembly had also procured some 20 polytanks to be given to a few more communities and public institutions like the Fire Service, the Police and Ave-Dakpa Health Centre for constant water supply.

Akatsi North District was known for perennial water challenges with reports of humans and animals using same water sources during dry seasons.

Mr. Gunu said the situation had improved after three years with two small town water systems and 65 lifetime wells under construction.

– GNA.

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