Residents of Tamale and Damango in the Northern and Savannah Regions respectively, and immediate environs will soon heave a sigh of relief from their perennial water supply challenges, following cabinet’s approval of 233 million Euros for the construction of their water systems.
When completed, the project would improve the delivery of potable drinking water to benefit more than 800,000 people in the area.
Briefing the media in Accra on Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the existing water supply system for Tamale and its environs was constructed in 1872, with some expansion works undertaken in 2008.
However, he said as a result of the rapidly growing population in the area, demand had outstripped supply, compelling the Ghana Water Company Limited to ration supply in the area.
He said the new project was aimed at addressing the supply constraints for Tamale and its surrounding communities, as well as achieving the Government of Ghana (GoG) target of water for all by 2030.
“The total number of target beneficiaries is almost 800,000 from Tamale through Yapei and Damango,” he said.
On the scope of work, he said, the project covered the construction of a new water treatment plant with pumps and transmission pipelines, pumping station, new district offices at Tamale and installation of dedicated power line.
He said in addition to the water asset, management system would be improved through the provision and laying of primary distribution network, service connection materials and training of staff.
The minister explained that the project would be financed by an export credit facility from a number of institutions led by Deutsche Bank.
BY CLIFF EKUFUL