More U. East c’nities to enjoy water

Mr James Zuuga Tiigah,Upper East Minister (6)Thirteen Small Town Water Systems (STWS), are being constructed in the Upper East Region this year.

Besides, 250 boreholes will also be provided to some communities in the region by the end of this year.

The projects, worth GH¢20.6 million, are being funded by the International Development Association of the World Bank.

Mr. Clement Bugase, the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), who disclosed this on Monday, said the projects were being constructed under the Sustainable Rural Water Sanitation Project (SRWSP).
He was briefing Mr. Daniel A. Syme, Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, and Mr. Paul Kante, Chief Director of the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC), during a tour of CWSA projects in the region.

On the issue of fluoride in the Bongo District, Mr. Bugase said they were employing the avoidance method, adding “where there is fluoride, we will not drill any boreholes there.”

He said during the two-day tour, the group visited Tindonmolgu in the Bolgatanga municipality where it inaugurated a borehole.

They also visited the Kalbeo STWS also in the Bolgatanga municipality, which is being constructed at a cost of GH¢1,411,776.23 to serve   about 3,527 people.

The team then moved to Katiu in the Kassena-Nankana West District and inspected work on another STWS at the cost of GH¢1,165,673.81 designed to serve about 2,575 people.

He said the group also went to Kologo in the Kassena-Nankana municipality and inspected another water project.

Mr. Bugase, said the team also inspected the Zorkor STWS in the Bongo district, which is being constructed at a cost of GH¢1,793,643.79.

He said a durbar of chiefs and people was organised to honour the board members at Bongo, capital of the Bongo District for their effort in the provision of potable water to the people.

Mr. Bugase said the Bongo STWS project, was started in 2005 and completed in 2010 at a cost of GH¢487,761.38 and was designed to serve a population of 7,695 people.

Naba Baba Salifu Alemyaro, Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, also a board member of the CWSA, on behalf of the people, expressed gratitude to CWSA for providing potable water to the area.

Speaking to newsmen later, Nana Danso Agyei II, Board Chairman of CWSA and Paramount Chief of Nkaseim Traditional Area in the Brong-Ahafo Region, said 62.23 per cent of communities in the Upper East Region had been supplied with water by his outfit.

He cautioned the people to put a stop to open defecation and cultivate the habit of good sanitation and hygiene.

Other board members on the team were Mr. A.Y.O. Modoc, Nana Akua Agyei and Mr. Opoku Atuahene.

From Ibrahim A. Mohammed,

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