Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is making significant strides to expand and improve water coverage in five districts in the Western Region, as part of government’s policy of achieving universal coverage of 100 per cent for water.
Under the World Bank (WB) -Government of Ghana (GOG) Subsequent Year Investment Project (SYIP), the company had embarked on a water project covering Axim, Elubo, Aboso, Prestea and Bogoso, at the cost of 13 million dollars.
The project began in 2010 and will end this year.
As a follow -up to the First Year Investment Project (FYIP) in the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions, the SYIP, which sought to tackle critical water situations in the five towns, was also part of the long term plan to put in good shape water systems in the region by providing boreholes, new transmission and distribution systems and the construction of standpipes.
Briefing the Minister for Works, Housing and Water Resources, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang- Mensah at the Aboso site, after a duty tour of water installation here on Friday, the Chief Regional Manager of GWCL in the Western Region, Mr. Mark Teiko Cudjoe, said the water situation in the five areas had significantly been improved.
The capacity of the Aboso system, for example, he reported, had shot up from about 66,000 gallons per day to 237,000 (1,036 cubic meters), four times more from the old overhead tank, adding that distribution had improved with the installation of brand new pumps.
He said there was no issue with water colouration.
Similarly, at Axim, Mr. Cudjoe told the minister that work was progressing steadily as boreholes had been constructed to feed the overhead tanks with water about 120 cubic meters – about 22,000 gallons.
“We have almost reached desired results of completion. Indeed, we are progressing”, he assured.
In an interview with journalists, Dr. Agyemang-Mensah explained that his duty tour, which also took him to the Brimso, Sekyere Hemang, Cape Coast and Elmina in the Central Region, was to assess government’s investments in the water sector.
He indicated that water coverage for the urban sector was 74 per cent while rural was 64 per cent, adding that he was confident that with the investment so far made, water production would improve for the government to achieve the universal target of 100 per cent.
This, he said, was to ensure that Ghanaians no matter where they lived had adequate and clean water stressing that “water is life.”
“The government has made an unprecedented investment in the water infrastructure throughout the country in both urbanand rural sectors and we see coverage improving.” Dr. Agyemang- Mensah told the journalists.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Aboso