The World Bank said late Wednesday it had approved a grant of 125 million U.S. dollars to enable the government of Ghana to extend improved water and sanitation services to communities.
The grant would finance the second phase of the ongoing World Bank-funded Sanitation and Water Project (SWP) in the country, to reach 550,000 people in low-income urban communities with improved water and sanitation services, said the Bank in a release.
“Providing equitable access to safe and improved water supply with sanitation services is essential to improving lives, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Country Director for the World Bank in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia Pierre Laporte said.
The SWP will also help to improve coordination between agencies and strengthen the capacity and performance of the state-owned water utility company and local government Assemblies in the beneficiary communities in the capital and second-largest city Kumasi.
It will also help in reducing non-revenue water, improving wastewater management, and addressing issues of pollution, climate change, and translating development plans into focused actions.
Under the first phase of the SWP, more than 31,000 households in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area benefitted from subsidized household toilets, helping to reduce the level of open defecation in the capital. Enditem