Access to potable water has significantly improved at Kwamoano, Amarkrom and Nyinabontoa in the Hemang Lower Denkyira District of the Central Region since the completion of a water supply system for the three communities a year ago.
The GH¢921,000 water system is under the 75 million-dollar Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (SRWSP) funded in six regions by the government of Ghana and the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank.
With an 80-cubic metre overhead tank, 6,055 metres of distribution lines, two mechanised boreholes, 12 standpipes and six house connections, the system, is serving more than 4,865 residents of the three communities under community ownership and management module.
Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing and officials from the ministry, Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) visited the project site on Wednesday as part of his tour of some projects in the region.
Nana Nyansaboakwa, Odikuro of Kwamoano, said rivers in the area, their main source of water were polluted through illegal mining operations and chemicals which leached out from their farms.
He appealed to government to clamp down on illegal mining in the area as well as establish pension schemes to support farmers in the area.
Dr. Agyemang-Mensah re-affirmed the government’s commitment to achieving its vision of 100 per cent water coverage by the end of 2025.
At Abrem Agona in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality where a 20 million Euro “Cape Coast Water Supply Project”, is ongoing, he said it would be inaugurated in December as scheduled.
He said the project, funded by the Dutch Government and designed to last for 25 years, would help improve water supply to the people of Cape Coast and its environs.
The project is primarily to interconnect the Sekyere Hemang and Brimsu water systems to ensure 3.1 million gallons of treated water daily from Sekyere Hemang to be supplied to the other water wells at Brimsu for onward distribution.
Interacting with the press, Regional Distribution Manager of GWCL, Mr. Berchmans Ackom, said the completion of the project would increase water supply in the region from 68 per cent currently to 75 per cent.
He lamented that illegal mining was having a toll on water treatment and distribution especially at Daboase where he said the water was really turbid and other areas where heavy metals had been found in the water, raising the cost of treatment.
The minister paid a courtesy call on the Central Regional Minster, Mr. George Kweku Rickets-Hagan, during which he was reminded of the life threatening state of the Ministries block in Cape Coast. The five-storey block houses more than 10 ministries, department and agencies.
From Jonathan Donkor, Kwamoano