Ghana Water Company Limited has stepped up efforts to improve the urban water sector with an accelerated programme of construction, expansion and rehabilitation of major water supply systems throughout the country.
One of such projects is the Kumawu, Konongo and Kwahu Ridgewater supply project commonly referred to as the 3Ks. The project is being undertaken by an Israeli company, Tahal Consulting Engineers Ltd. at a total cost of 236million dollars and financed by the Bank Hapoalim of Israel.
KUMAWU WATER PROJECT
This project involves the construction ofa weir and intake structure and a 3.6 million gallon per day capacity Water Treatment Plant both at Aframso. A total of 71 kilometers of transmission mains and 30 kilometers of distribution networkhave been constructed in the service area together with 3 ground level reservoirs and 7 elevated water tanks.
The source of raw water for the Kumawu water supply project is river Afram which is more reliable than river Ongwan which used to supply raw water to the old treatment plant.
Currently, Kumawu which is the district capital of the Sekyere Kumawu District has no water supply system after the previous system broke down in the 70’s thus communities in the area depend on boreholes and other sources for their water supply needs.
It therefore came as a big relief to the people when Kumawu was selected as one of the towns to benefit from the 3Ks water project. The 3.6million per day capacity plant has been designed to meet 2025 water demand of the Sekyere Central District of Ashanti Region.
The Kumawu project does not only comprise the construction of a treatment plant and laying of pipelines, it also includes the construction of two booster stations and 14 staff bungalows which have all been completed.
Two of the bungalows are located at Jeduako with the remainder situated in the Kumawu township. Unlike the past when bungalows for production workers were located on the treatment plants, which are mostly in remote places with no social amenities like schools and health facilities, these residential accommodations have been located in town to enable the workers and their children have access to those essential facilities.
The project is to serve a projected population of 170,000 in Kumawu and other surrounding communities. At the moment, the project is 88 per cent complete and test runs will start at the end of June 2016.
KONONGO WATER PROJECT
The project involves the construction of an intake structure on river Anunuto meet 2025 water demand of the community, and a new Water Treatment Plant with a capacity of 4.2 million gallons per day as well as the construction of a 220 million gallon capacity off-river reservoir.
The reservoir has been built to store raw water for production during dry seasons since river Anunu usually dries up during the dry season.
Two elevated reservoirs at Patriensa and Agogo have been rehabilitated while two new oneshave been constructed at Juansa and Wioso.
In addition to the above, a booster station has been constructed at Konongo to send water to Agogo. To improve water supply in the communities,5 kilometers of distribution network has been constructed at Konongo, Odumase and Agogo while 10 kilometers of distribution mains has been laid to Wioso.
The project also involves the laying of 7 kilometers of transmission mains to the Konongo high level tank and the replacement of 6 kilometers of AC pipes with HDPE pipes.
Ten public stand pipes have also been erected along the distribution mains to Wioso. The district office at Konongo has been rehabilitated in addition to the five staff quarters at the headworks.
On completion of the Konongo project, about 190,000 people living in Konongo, Odumase, Agogo, Domeabra, Patriensa, Juansa, Akutuase, Hwediem and their environs will enjoy clean drinking water. The project is about 93 per cent complete and test runs will start at the end of June 2016.
In spite of the huge investments made in this project, reports coming from the Project Manager, Timothy Nettey, is that ‘galamsey’ activities in the area may render the plant a white elephant.
This is because there is currently no water to treat. We are therefore sending an SOS to government to do everything humanly possible to stop the marauding illegal miners before they STOP the people from enjoying life (water).
KWAHU RIDGE WATER PROJECT
Under this project, the existing water treatment plant at Kotosohas been rehabilitated and a new floating intake (floating pontoon) constructed on the Volta River inthe same town to meet 2025 water demand of the communities.
Three booster stations located separately at KwahuTafo, Mpraeso and Nkwatia have been rehabilitated.
Again, 2.3 kilometers of 20 inch diameter HDPE raw water pipeline has been constructed from the intake to the treatment plant while nine kilometers of 20 inch steel transmission pipeline has also been laid from Kotoso to the KwahuTafo booster pumping station.
In an effort to improve the existing network, 5 kilometers of 4 inch diameter distribution extensions have been done in the Kwahu Ridge.The Kotoso Headworks staff quarters has also been rehabilitated as part of the project.
The project which is now completed is meant to serve a population of about 170,000 in the following communities: Abene, Abetifi, Asakraka, Tweneduase, Aduamoa, Atibie, Bepong, Bokuruwa, Tafo, Mpraeso, Hweehwee, Akwasiho, Nkwatia, Nteso, Obo, Obomeng, Pepease, Kotoso, Asemapaneye, Nkawkaw, Afi and Suminakese.
The overall project benefits of the 3Ks include but not limited to improved access to potable water supply, growth in productivity of the people in the service area leading to economic development and poverty alleviation, major boost in business opportunities, mainly tourism, food, and small scale industries as well as maximisation of social and health benefits of safe and reliable water supply.
By Nana Yaw Barima Barnie