Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah
April 5, 2022

Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah has told Parliament that boreholes have been drilled at Kpetoe in the Agotime-Ziope constituency to augment the supply of water during dry season when the Tordzie River which is a source of water usually dries causing little or no flow of water.

According to the Minister as part of addressing the water shortage facing the District capital, the Ministry through the Community Water and Sanitation Agency developed a proposal for a pilot Public-Private Partnership arrangement to rehabilitate the Kpetoe Water Supply System with support from GRUNDFOS A/S of DENMARK. The proposal has been submitted to the Ministry of Finance for action.

The Community Water and Sanitation Agency has had several engagements with the District Assembly and the Water and Sanitation Management Team on this arrangement and representatives of GRUNDFOS have been introduced to the stakeholders of the Kpetoe Water System.

“Mr. Speaker, the Five-Districts Water Supply Project with a total capacity of 5,000m3/day (1.1million gallons/day) has been constructed at Mafi Adidome in the Central Tongu District. To increase water supply coverage, Phase Ill of the project is being implemented to put in the distribution network that will bring the water to beneficiaries including 183 communities in Central Tongu, Adaklu and Agortime Ziope Districts in the Volta Region”.

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In addition, to extend water to communities that are not currently benefitting under this project which include Kpetoe, President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced at the Phase Ill sod cutting ceremony that there will be Phase IV to cater for these communities. The Ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, has started sourcing for funds to undertake Phase IV of the project.

This came to light on Friday, April 1, 2002 when Member of Parliament (MP) for Agotime-Ziope, Charles Agbeve asked the sector Minister what urgent measures she is taking to address the perennial water shortage facing the District capital, Kpetoe as a result of the drying up of the River Tordzie.

She further told the House, Kpetoe is served with good potable water from the Kpetoe Water System which was part of the Eastern and Volta Region Assistance Project (EVORAP), started in 1998 to assist the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) to implement water supply systems in 29 selected small towns in the Volta and Eastern Region with funding from KfW of the German Government (under GTZ now GIZ)

The Kpetoe Water System which has a design capacity of 323m3/day, a high level tank (HLT) of 120m3 volume with 11km of transmission mains and 18km of distribution pipelines was completed and handed over to the Water and Sanitation Management Team (WSMT) in 2004 _ under the Community Management (COM) arrangements.

 Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com