9:17, 05.Oct 2018
Cabinet has approved the implementation of the peri-urban and rural water supply project in 450 locations across the country.
The project is expected to provide clean, sterile drinking water to the peri-urban and rural locations across the Ashanti, Volta, Eastern and Greater Accra regions using an advanced UK technology.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, 31 March 2019, the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources; and the Community Water and Sanitation Agency in conjunction with Aqua Africa Limited, a private sector entity based in the UK, have been working together on a market-based approach to providing sustainable clean, sterile drinking water to peri-urban and rural communities in Ghana.
“The government is embarking on this project as part of measures to attain the Sustainable Development Goal 6 on clean water and sanitation for all and to cater for an unserved, hard-t-reach rural population,” Mr Nkrumah said, adding: “It is also to improve strategy in enhancing the delivery of sanitation and hygiene facilities.”
He noted that the concept of transformation is to employ innovative technology and financing methods to generate revenue for maintenance and future expansion projects.
The project will be executed in over 18 months and comprise a cashless payment and data collection system integrated within it to ensure that revenue is easily captured, managed and secured in advance of all water distribution.
Mr Nkrumah reiterated that the implementation of the project will maximise social and health benefits such as access to clean, safe and reliable water supply, improvement in school attendance, and reduction in water-borne diseases.
“It will also improve access to reliable potable water supply throughout the year, with 225,000 people taken out of water poverty from the first project,” he stated.