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The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) will next year provide water and sanitation services to 20 small towns in the Northern Region under the National Community Water Sanitation Programme.
The projects, with a 30 million Canadian dollar support by the Canadian International Development Agency, involves the construction of pipe system, hygiene promotion and education interventions.
Benedict Kubabom, Director of Planning and Investment of the CWSA, disclosed this in Accra on Wednesday at a meeting between the agency and officials of the Ghana Institution of Engineers.
The meeting was to further deepen the existing collaboration between the CWSA and the Institution of Engineers, a major stakeholder in infrastructural development in the country.
Mr. Kubabom indicated further that a peri-urban and rural water supply project at a cost of 14 million US dollars and a 15 million – euro rural water sanitation project would also be undertaken next year in the Brong-Ahafo and the Northern Regions, respectively.
He explained that the policy thrust of the national programme was hinged on the concept of demand responsiveness and a shift from dependence on government to greater self-reliance by user communities.
“The strategy is community ownership and management of the water and sanitation facilities put in place,” he said and added that the beneficiary communities would contribute towards the capital and repair cost of the facilities.
Philip Gyan-Boakye, Chief Executive of CWSA, said a good collaboration with the Institution of Engineers would help in the continuous review and improvement of the technical standards set.
“The agency also stands in a position to provide some feedback to the institution on the performance of its members contracted to carry out certain activities in relation to the implementation of projects under the water and sanitation programmes,” he said.