Water system breakdown affects 310,000 Brong Ahafo residents

Dr.Kweku Agyeman Mensah,Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing (10),,,,,,About 310,000 people living in rural and peri-urban communities in the Brong-Ahafo Region, lack access to potable water.

This is due to the breakdown of water facilities serving those communities.

The Regional Chief Hydro-geologist of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), Daniel Amankwaa Boateng, made this known at a stakeholders forum at Sunyani.

He  attributed the situation to natural causes such as sudden disappearance of underground water, change in water quality due to deposits of iron in underground water, and poor maintenance culture among others.

Currently water coverage in the Brong Ahafo Region stands at 65.04%.

The regional stakeholder’s forum on monitoring rural water services in Ghana organised by the CWSA, was to brainstorm on the baseline findings made from the various districts and how to sustain quality supply of water to the people.

It is also to showcase achievements in advancing the use of technology for rural water service monitoring and progress towards establishment of regional level baseline data for programme and investment decision.

Speaking on the functionality of water facilities and technical perspectives, Mr. Boateng called on mechanics within the various district assemblies in the region to be up and doing and maintain break down water facilities to ensure supply of the commodity to the people.

He announced that 1029 boreholes had broken down in the region, and needed to be repaired to supply water to the affected communities.

The Planning Officer of the Asunafo North Assembly, Augustine Peprah, who spoke on the role of the district assembly in the monitoring of water facilities, identified resource constraints in terms of logistics such as motorbikes to monitor the water facilities in the various districts to ensure whether they are in good use.

According to him low community participation and accountability was affecting  smooth operations of water facilities in the region thereby affecting their lifespan.

Mr. Ahmed Ewura, Regional Director, CWSA, called for commitment of participants in sustaining the performance of water provision in order to attract investment to the sector

From Daniel Dzirasah Sunyani



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