Just about 11 years to go, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) has introduced a new technology to improve on rural water coverage in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions.
The technology is geared towards broader efforts for Ghana to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) Six by 2030.
Global goal six ensures availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, but as at now rural water coverage in the three regions hovers around 65.25 per cent.
The World Bank (WB)funded project is estimated at millions of Ghana Cedis.
Water is a basic and essential commodity of life, hence the United Nations (UN) is pressing on governments to ensure that their people have 24-hour water supply without obstruction.
So, with the new technology, the rural water coverage in the regions is expected to increase significantly by the close of 2019.
Titled “Solar Hybrid Water Pump Systems”, the new technology enables supplies of potable drinking water to the beneficiary communities – Asiri and Jankufa in Jaman South District of Bono Region and Brosankro in the Asunafo Municipality of the Ahafo Region.
The water pump systems, all about 98 per cent complete, introduced and being executed by PumpTech, an Accra-based water supply technology company, pump ground and treated water to supply residents.
First to be introduced in the country, the systems use solar energy to pump and supply water into public stand pipes. They could also be connected to individual households.
Asiri Water System
Population of Asiri, a farming community, is estimated at 7,822 with a projected (2029) water demand estimated at 563 metric cubes per day.
The system has three mechanised boreholes to be pumped into an elevated concrete water storage tank with 100 metric cubes capacity to serve eight stand pipes and private home connections.
Its total transmission and distribution network is 15.635 km made up of High Density Polythene (HDPE) pipes comprising 160 mm, 110 mm, 75 mm and 50 mm sizes and the works contract sum amounted to GHC2,719,440.69.
Jankufa Water System
Jankufa’s population, another farming community is estimated at 3,885 with a projected water demand estimates of 277 metric cubes per day.
The system has two mechanised boreholes that pumped into 50 metric cube capacity elevated concrete water storage tank with six stand pipes mounted in the town.
It has 6.725 km total transmission and distribution network made up of HDPE pipes, comprising 110 mm, 75 mm and 50 mm sizes and the project sum is estimated GhC1,796,483.59.
Brosankro Water System
The system will supply potable drinking water to projected population of 8,333 in 2029 whose water demand would hover around 389 metric cube per day.
Its water system components include; three mechanised boreholes, two water storage tanks with capacities of 80 metric cube and 50 metric cube.
There are a total of eight standpipes in the community with 17.013 km transmission and distribution network made up of 110 mm, 75 mm and 50 mm
The total cost of works amounted to GHC2,680,813.79.
Mr Osman Sahanoon, the Managing Director of PumpTech, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that registration of potential private customers was on-going, while private connections would be done when operations of the water systems commence.
He said each of the water systems had the capacity to pump more than 2000 cubic meters of water per day, and advised the people to take good care of the facilities.
Mr Ahmed Ewura, the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Director of the CWSA, praised the contractor for excellent work.
He expressed the hope that with the systems in place, rural dwellers would access water and push the nation to achieve the SDGs goal on water supply.