Govt secures $48m World Bank grant for water distribution

The government has secured a $48-million grant from the World Bank to address water distribution challenges in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

Sampson Ahi, the Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing who disclosed this at the Ministry’s turn of the Meet-the-Press in Accra, yesterday said although the Greater Accra water supply challenge had been largely addressed,   the distribution challenge still remained.

“The water supply in the GAMA area, which used to be a challenge, has been substantially addressed, but the problem was the distribution network, which was making it difficult for all the residents in Accra to get access to potable water,” he said.

Currently, he said the Urban Water Supply Master Plan for the GAMA areas was being updated and the project would soon take off immediately the distribution network plan was completed.

He said the first phase of the project involved the laying of about 49 kilometre length of distribution pipelines and would improve the water supply service in Teshie-Nungua, Glefe, Gbegbeyise, Mamponse, Chorkor and Manmomo.

Mr. Ahi said the second phase of the distribution network replacement would also involve the laying of about 150 kilometres length of distribution pipelines and was expected to improve water distribution and enhance access to water to about 250,000 people living in the GAMA area.

The beneficiary communities, he said, would include Asofan, Adjei Kojo, Nii Boye Town Fafraha, Ogbojo East, Otanor, Tetegu, Ashale Botwe, Senu, Katamanso, Taifa, Sarpeiman , Gbetsile, Ngleshie Amanfrom, Ablekuma, Dome, Pokuase, and La Nkwatanang.

The Deputy Minister who catalogued a number of water projects being undertaken by government across the country to address the water supply challenges in the country, said the objective of government was to ensure hundred per cent water coverage in both Urban and Rural Water supply in the country by year 2025.

Currently, he said the urban water coverage stood at 76 per cent while that of the rural stood at 64 per cent, saying the urban water supply was expected to be increased to 78 per cent by the end of the year when the several on-going water projects were completed.

Mr. Ahi said the demand for urban water outstripped supply, saying out of the demand for 287.2 million per day in the urban centre, only 220 million gallons was supplied, leaving a deficit of 67.2 million gallons.

“The deficit of 67.2 million gallons is what we will work on to enable us achieve our set target by 20205,” he said.

Mr. Anisaid government had outlined more interventions to enable the country achieved it universal water coverage by the year 2025.

The interventions, he mentioned include the second phase of the expansion of the Kpong and Weija Water Supply systems and the Esiama, Sogakope-Lome and Upper East Water supply projects.

By Kingsley Asare and Daniel Amparbeng

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