The 250-cubic metre, capacity project expected to produce about 1,125 gallons of water included two mechanised boreholes, a dedicated power supply two control rooms transmission networks of approximately 4.2 kilometres, an elevated tank, 18 public standpipes and an iron removal plant.
Estimated at GH¢2million, it forms part of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and government’s programmes to extend clean water to Essiama and its environs including the ICGC Church, the Nurses Hostel, Makafui Leadership Training Centre and Beach area, in the south.
Briefing the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, here last Thursday during his duty tour of water facilities in the Western Region. The Chief Water and Sanitation Engineer of the CWSA Mr. Henry Ampah Johnson, said the project was on course to deliver water to the Essiama community by today.
He explained that the Essiama Water Supply System, a single community system serving Essiama town, collected water from the boreholes equipped with submersible pumps which it pumped through the transmission networks into the high level tank of 250- cubic metres for distribution to the 18 public standpipes.
“In future, the connections would reach some private houses, “he added.
On quality assurance, Mr. Johnson mentioned that the tank could last for 50 years and explained that technical reviews would be carried out every two years to assess the financial, administrative and technical viability of the project.
He told the minister that the iron plant would also remove iron materials from the water to make it clean and safe before transmission and distribution were done.
Mr. Johnson said the Ellembelle District Assembly paid five per cent of the cost of the project while the government paid the rest, adding that a private operator would later be engaged managed the system.
He declared “everything is in perfect condition -the pumps, the iron plant, transmission networks and the elevated water tank is working according to schedule and specifications.”
“To date, the system has been fully completed and test run has been carried out. Final operations and maintenance training has just been carried out for operation of the iron removal plant waiting for final inauguration and handing over. Indeed, the Water and Sanitation Management Team is anxious to get water.”
Responding, Dr. Agyemang-Mensah expressed the hope that the assembly would honour its contribution to ensure that the water system for Essiama worked effectively and efficiently to serve the people with clean and reliable water.
Also at Nsuaem in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality, the Minister inspected a similar 250cubic meters of water capacity project which had been fully completed at the cost of GH¢2.6 million awaiting commissioning to serve a population of 10,460 in Nsuaem, Asuogya and Mile 5 communities.
The storage capacity of the boreholes is about 74,000 gallons per day, Mr. Johnson stated adding that “we have enough water to serve the Nsuaem community.”
From Clement Adzei Boye, Essiama