The Plant Therapy, a United State of America (USA) based Non-Governmental Organisation, (NGO) has funded the construction of six mechanised boreholes for six communities in the Central and Eastern regions at the cost of $28,000.
It brings to 22 the number of boreholes sunk in the two Regions through the effort of Action against Rural Poverty and other NGOs.
The beneficiary communities are; Fantekrom in Agona West, Dadieso fawomanye, Asarekrom, Mooho, Yebremaowuo in Assin South District and Akototse in the Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality of the Eastern region.
The Africa Heartwood Project in USA and Action Against Rural Poverty in Ghana were collaborators that helped to address the perennial water shortages that affected the communities during the dry season,
It will also help to curb the spreading of water borne diseases in communities without potable water in Assin South, Agona West and Nsawam Adoagyiri with more than 2, 000 people benefiting from the facilities in the two regions.
Speaking at separate functions to inaugurate the boreholes, Madam Gladys Yamoah, President of Action against Rural Poverty praised the donors, Amanda Jones and Christian Jones, managers of Plant Therapy for the support.
She said her organisation decided to team up with the Africa Heartwood Project to conduct a search for rural communities that faced water issues during dry seasons, adding that the project helped to reduce water shortages.
Madam Yamoah urged leaders of the beneficiary communities to take good care of the boreholes and prevent children from misusing them as the cost of repairs was expensive.
Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive in a speech read on her behalf by Mr Maxwell Bortsie, Water and Sanitation Engineer at the Assembly, said the Assembly’s priority agenda was to ensure that all communities got potable drinking water.
She said the Assembly in collaboration with NGOs and Government of Ghana has provided 30 boreholes to rural communities in the Municipality to curb shortage of water and its repercussions.
Nana Kofi Forson, Chief Executive Officer of Aqua-Gro, project consultant asked the chiefs and people of beneficial communities to judiciously use the funds to be generated to maintain the boreholes.