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US$77.34 million for water and sanitation improvement

2010-12-09 22:22:22
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Water Shortage
A US$77.34 million sustainable rural water and sanitation project to benefit six regions has been launched at Nanton-Zuo in Tamale.

The five-year project beings financed by the International Development Agency (IDA) of the World Bank with US$75.00 million loan and the Government of Ghana with US$2.34 million will benefit the three nothern regions, Brong Ahafo, Western and Central regions.

The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr. Alban Bagbin, who performed the launch, said the project is aimed at mitigating the problems of perennial water shortage in 54 districts across the six regions with about 600,000 people. It will also help the country to attain the Millennium Development Goals target of 76 per cent and 56 per cent in water and sanitation respectively.

The project the minister said involved the construction of new boreholes, rehabilitation of non-functioning ones which will be fitted with hand pumps as well as piped water systems.

He warned leaders in the districts over under dealings in the award of contracts which have the tendency of resulting in shoddy works adding that such practices would no longer be tolerated and that these projects will closely be monitored.

Mr Bagbin also assured that plans have also been instituted to offer technical support and build capacity of major stakeholders as well as streamline their roles for effective delivery.

Mr. Clement Bugase, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, said 1,200 boreholes, 40 limited mechanized water systems, 29 full scale mechanized water supply systems would be constructed on completion of the project.

He said the project would also rehabilitate 13 non-optimal performing small town water supply systems in the Northern Region while 400 broken boreholes in rural communities would also be rehabilitated.


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