A report issued here recently suggested an increasing responsibility among Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for coverage and maintenance of water facilities in their jurisdictions.

The final Evaluation report of the project named “Strengthening Local Government Capacity (SLGC)” to deliver water services implemented in 13 districts across Ghana said there is an increase in functionality of facilities as the MMDAs were becoming more responsive to shortfalls.

In the districts it visited, the evaluation team observed a decrease in lag time between breakdown and repairs. This it said was made possible through the adoption of mobile telephone short message system (SMS) alerts.

From between a period of one week to one month the lag time has reduced to between 48 hours and -72 hours in about 75 percent of communities in the 13 Districts.

The three million US Dollars implemented over a three year period was funded by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (CNHF).

It was launched in 2014 aimed at rebalancing the focus from a comprehensive emphasis on coverage to ensuring sustainability by enhancing the capacity of district assemblies, Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and grantees to work together to provide safe and reliable water services.

The project also aimed at improving the impact and sustainability of CNHF funded projects in the country.

The 13 MMDAs included North Dayi; Akatsi-North; Akatsi-South; Sunyani West; West Mamprusi; Kintampo South; Sunyani West; Saboba; Savelugu; Gushiegu; East Gonja; West Gonja; and Bongo.

One of the innovative measures taken to strengthen efficiency according to Ken Kaplan lead consultant for the evaluation were that area Mechanics had their capacities enhanced through training so they could carry out repair and maintenance instead of relying on mechanics from elsewhere.

“There is clear evidence of uptake of the SLGC processes that need to be shared more to bring more Districts in,” the consultants urged.

They also challenged the stakeholders to identify ways to get slots in Annual Meetings of District Chief Executives (DCEs) to share the findings of the SLGC.

In an interview Worlanyo Siabi Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CWSA underscored the importance of the project explaining that sustainability needs to become part of service delivery.

”This can only be achieved when at planning stage we factor in all that is needed for maintenance of our facilities,” he added. Enditem


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