Central Region: portable water coverage reaches 78%

Supply of potable water in the Central Region is expected to hit 78 per cent average by December 2016, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing has said.


The Abrem Agona Water Project in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality, when completed, would solve the perennial water shortage faced by residents in some parts of the region.

The regional current water coverage stands at 68 per cent.

The Minister made this known when he paid a working visit to the Brimsu Water Dam and the Abrem Agona Water Project currently under construction to assess progress of work on the project.

The project, which is expected to benefit more than 400,000 people in the Cape Coast Metropolis and its surrounding communities, would primarily inter-connect the two water systems at Sekyere Hemang and Brimsu.

About 3.1 million gallons of treated water from Sekyere Hemang would be supplied to the two water wells at Abrem Agona and subsequently made available to areas with supply from the Brimsu head works.

Works on the water supply project, which is being undertaken with support from the Netherlands Government under its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, was likely be completed ahead of schedule in December.

Interacting with the media after his visit, Dr Agyemang-Mensah said water supply for the Cape Coast Metropolis and the neighbouring KEEA Municipality improved after completion of the 6.6 million gallons daily capacity water treatment plant at Sekyere Hemang.

He, however, said during the dry season when the level of water in the Brimsu Dam was low, Cape Coast and its neighbouring communities experienced acute water shortage.

He said the Government was committed to investing in water infrastructure to ensure access to potable water for all Ghanaians by 2025 through some interventions put in place.

Dr Agyemang-Mensah also visited the Kwamoano/Amarkrom and Nyinabontoa water supply system, a sustainable rural water and sanitation project, which was commissioned last year with a nine-member management team.

Aside the water supply system, government has also constructed 18 boreholes in 18 communities in the Hemang Lower Denkyira District in a bid to address the water problems there.

Nana Nyansabuakwa, Chief of Kwamoano, expressed gratitude to the Government for the intervention to improve water supply as it had helped to reduce water related diseases.

He appealed to the Government to take stringent measures to tackle illegal mining which was destroying the water bodies in the area.

Mr Berchmans Ackom, the Regional Distribution Manger of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), said the Abrem Agona Water Supply Project was necessitated by the perennial water shortage in Cape Coast, Elmina and its neighbouring communities.

He said per the demands from these areas, GWCL thought it wise to resort to the Sekyere Hemang water project which had constant supply from River Pra to complement that of Brimsu to meet the high demand.

He said illegal mining activities contaminated water bodies hence the need for more Chlorine and other treatment agents to purify the water for consumption.

“This has resulted in more cost for the GWCL,” he said.

Earlier Dr Agyemang-Mensah paid a courtesy call on the Central Regional Minister, George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, where they discussed issues on water and housing and the construction of modern office complex for institutions in the dilapidated Ministry’s block in Cape Coast.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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