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GHANA SECURES GHC1 BILLION TO BOOST DRINKING WATER PROJECTS

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The government has secured loans amounting to GHC1 billion to help expand access to potable water across Ghana.

The government has secured loans amounting to GHC1 billion to help expand access to potable water across Ghana.

Making this disclosure at the 2019 Water Africa and West Africa Building and Construction Exhibition and Seminar in Accra, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, said the money will be in the government’s accounts by the end of this year.

“The government is committed to ensuring that there is safe water for both urban and rural communities and to ensuring affordable water supply for all,” she said.

Pumps and pipes

The event brought together 70 manufacturers and suppliers, which showcased items such as water treatment plants, pumps and pipes.

Some of the companies included Interplast, Polytank, Ghana Water Company and Schneider Electric.

Tracy Nolan-Shaw, chief executive of the UK-based Ace Event Management, organisers of the exhibition and seminar, expressed her satisfaction with the impact the event has made on Ghana’s water and sanitation sectors.

Tamale/Damongo project

This month, cabinet reportedly approved a €233 million loan facility for construction of water supply projects for Tamale and Damongo. Parliament is expected to give its approval to the project facility for work to commence.

This was announced by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, last week Tuesday in Accra.

He said the Tamale and Damongo water systems aim to improve delivery of potable drinking water to an estimated 800,000 people in the Northern Region.

The existing water supply system for Tamale and its environs was built in 1972 and some expansion work was carried out in 2008.

Scope of works

The scope of works for the project covers the building of a new water treatment plant with pumps and transmission pipelines, a pumping station, new district offices in Tamale and installation of dedicated power lines, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.

In addition, water asset management will be improved by providing and laying a primary distribution network, supplying service connection materials and training staff.

The project is financed by an export credit facility from a number of institutions led by Deutsche Bank.

Tamale and its environs have experienced severe water shortages in recent times, with local students having to share rapidly depleting water sources with animals.