Over 435,000 people in over 168 communities in the Greater Accra will soon have access to safe drinking water.
Currently, Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) is working assiduously to rehabilitate both the Three Districts Water Supply and Kweiman-Danfa Water Schemes.
Initially the donors through CWSA handed over water systems to the rural communities and they were managed by private entities and the communities, supervised the assemblies.
Along the line, the District assemblies neglected their supervisory roles, private sector exploited the system and this led to their collapse.
The systems broke-down because the management process became ineffective, thus, CWSA had to come in to make reforms. These reforms would go a long way to enable the people to continue to enjoy quality water supply, generate more income as well as support government’s agenda on “Ghana beyond Aid,”
The Greater Accra Water and Sanitation Engineer, Ms Angela Hayford, disclosed this during a media facility visit at the Three Districts Water Supply Scheme, Aveyime Treatment Plant.
Currently, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) needs a total of GH¢6.7 million to enable it sustain water supply to two of its schemes.
According to her, the Agency also inherited an electricity debt of GH¢511,000.00 from the care takers of the water systems.
At Kweiman-Danfa Water Supply Scheme (KDWSS) as at September, 2018, the total indebtedness by private customers was about GHS 200,000.00.
About 200 connections were unmetered and hence placed on flat rates tariffs. No pressure gauges on the pipe network.
This she said as a result of this, 60 percent of the facilities were either performing abysmally or totally broken down.
The Chief Public Relations Manager, Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) Madam Pauline Tambro, explaining that, the GH¢6.7 million would be used to do repair works at the “Three Districts Water Supply and Kweiman-Danfa Water Schemes.
This she said, Three Districts Water is currently serving about 160 communities with a population of over One Hundred and Sixty Thousand people (160,000) in Ada East, Ada West, North Tongu, Central Tongu, Shai-osudoku and Ningo Prampram districts.
“However, the main objective of today’s tour is to inform and educate the journalists about the current Reforms being undertaken by the CWSA in the Rural Water and Sanitation Sub-sector and also expose them to the reality of the state of water systems that been under the management of the beneficiary communities,” she explained.
Touching on the situation at the 3-Districts Water Supply Scheme (3DWSS), she indicated that the he system never saw any expansion in over 10 years under the management of the Water and Sanitation Management Team (WSMT) and the private operator (VICCO) in spite of increasing population and higher demand for water.
“On 1st June, 2018 the Community water and Sanitation Agency took over the operations after series of engagements with stakeholders. The CWSA deployed a team of professional, who were taken through a transition period from March 19th 2018 to 31st May, 2018,” she noted.
Stressing that, after the over GH¢1.7 million inherited nationwide, CWSA cannot leave the system in the hands of the communities because the water quality of about 33 percent did not even meet the standards of the Ghana Standards Authority.
The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) is the lead public sector Agency in Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) within the sub-sector, with the object of facilitating the provision of safe water and related sanitation and hygiene services to Rural Communities and Small Towns through a decentralized Service Delivery Approach.
Until the establishment of CWSA, the then Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation (GWSC) now Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) was responsible for both urban and rural water supply since 1965.
The Community Water and Sanitation Division (CWSD) a semi-autonomous unit under the then GWSC was created to manage rural water and sanitation delivery due to the neglect of the water and sanitation needs of small towns and rural communities.
In 1998, an Act of Parliament, Act 564 was passed to transform the CWSD into an autonomous Agency.
Source: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/newsghana.com.gh