July 29, 2021

Government is in the process of constructing Water Supply facilities (150 Point Water Systems with Nano-Filtration Systems and 12 Small Towns Pipe Water Systems) in five (5) regions namely Ashanti, Eastern, Volta, Oti, and Greater Accra.

This follows the approval by Cabinet and Parliament of a €30 Million funding secured from the UK Export Finance, HSBC Bank, and Government of Ghana.

The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah who revealed this on the floor of Parliament when responding to a question filed by Mr. John Kwabena Bless Oti, Member of Parliament for Nkwanta North on the steps being taken to fix the problem on the Kpassa Community Water System which is on the verge of collapse, said the Damanko–Kpassa Water System will be a beneficiary from the facility.

On the specific project in question (Damanko–Kpassa Water System) the Minister indicated that design activities have started and rehabilitation works will start in December 2021.

“The CWSA has also employed technical staff to operate the Damanko-Kpassa Water System to stabilize water supply to the communities.

According to her, it is expected that by the end of the year, 2022 water supply would improve to meet the water demand of the population of Kpassa and surrounding communities.

The Damanko–Kpassa Water Supply System which supplies safe water to Kpassa Township and its environs, was completed in March 2011 with consultation support from DANIDA and funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) and Government of Ghana (GoG).

The facility which was under the management of the Water and Sanitation Management Team (WSMT) in accordance with the prevailing policy on rural water management, after few years of operation, however, broke down and had accumulated electricity bills owed to the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) to the tune of about GHS 400,000.

“The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), in November 2017, took over the broken down Damanko–Kpassa Water Supply System and immediately restored water supply. The CWSA has also settled the indebtedness of the Water System to NEDCO in full. However, in view of the excessive damage caused to most of the components, especially the [18] pumps and transmission pipelines, water supply to the Kpassa township has not been as frequent as expected.”

Dominic Shirimori/Ghanamps.com