Work begins on €2m Cape Coast Water Project

President MahamaPRESIDENT John Mahama yesterday cut the sod to commence a 20-million Euro water supply project for Cape Coast and its suburbs at Abrem Agona in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region.

The project, to benefit about 400,000 people, is a step towards addressing of the perennial water shortage facing parts of the Cape Coast metropolis and surrounding communities.

The 4.4million gallon daily water supply project being undertaken with the support of the Netherlands Government under its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, is to be completed in December 2016.

The beneficiary communities include: Cape Coast, Moree, Abura, Mempeasem, Akaikrom, Kwaw Pro, Apewosika, Amamoma, Kwesi Pra, New Ebu, Abakrampa, Yesunkwa, New Abina, Bronibima Estate Annex, Sanka, Yayakwano, and Jukwa and surrounding.

Water supply coverage for the Cape Coast metropolis and the neighbouring KEEA municipality improved tremendously after completion of the 6.6 million gallons daily capacity water treatment plant at Sekyere Hemang in 2008.

However, in the dry season when the level of the Brimsu dam, another source of water supply in the region is low, water supply shortages in the existing distribution network due to low pressures, weak distribution network as well as inadequate sizes of pipelines to transport water to parts of the service area to the Sekyere Hemang treatment plant are experienced

Consequently, the project is primarily to inter-connect the two water systems (Sekyere Hemang and Brimsu) to allow the 4.4 million gallons treated water from Sekyere Hemang to be supplied to the two water wells at Brimsu.

This will enable water treated at Sekyere Hemang to be made available to areas with supply from the Brimsu headworks.

Performing the ground breaking, President Mahama underlined the government’s commitment to meet the universal water coverage by 2025.

As part of meeting the target, the government had planned to ramp up both rural and urban water supply in Ghana by increasing rural water coverage from the current 65 per cent to 76 per cent by 2016 while increasing urban water coverage from 63 per cent to 76 per cent by end of 2016.

Late last year, President Mahama commissioned the first component of the Kpong Water supply project to pump 20 million gallons to parts of Accra and the Eastern Regions.

Aside the Accra-Tema Metropolitan Area (ATMA) project to benefit residents of Ogbojo, Adgiriganor, Dome, Dodowa, Kordiabe and Doryumu, the government is soon to inaugurate the Teshie-Nungua sea water desalination project, that will provide 13.2 million gallons of water daily to Teshie-Nungua, La DadeKotopon, Baatsonaa and surrounding areas.

President Mahama said the Cape Coast water supply project also included construction of transmission and primary distribution network, reservoirs and booster stations to improve water supply reliability in the various supply areas of the Cape Coast water supply system.

He noted that the completion of the project would, bring relief people in the catchment areas as the Kpong project had breathed a new lease of life into residents of Adentan, Madina and parts of Greater Accra and Eastern Regions.

President Mahama appealed to the people to use water wisely and stop its wastage saying said people should not hesitate to report incident of water leakages and broken pipes for redress by the Ghana Water Company (GWCL).

He also asked the people to pay their water bills promptly to enable the GWCL to maintain the supply systems.

In response to appeals made by the chiefs, President Mahama assured that the government would address problems associated with the road network, shortfalls in educational infrastructure and health facilities.

The Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Hans Docter, said the Cape Coast water supply project was the flagship project in the region, which he said, held immense tourism, agriculture and other growth potential.

“This will help businesses to develop new initiatives and make the region one of the growth hubs in the country,” he stated.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area, for his part, urged the security agencies to support the traditional authorities to deal with pollution of water bodies resulting from the activities of illegal miners.

Nana Agyemang Kodua, Omanhen of Abrem Agona, appealed for government support in expanding the Komenda Hospital, aside a new administrative block and science laboratory for the town’s senior high school.

From: Samuel Nuamah, Abrem Agona.

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