Work begins on water project for Dwomo

Work on a community water project estimated at 117,000 euros (GH¢ 225,000.00) for the inhabitants of Dwomo in Tano South District of Brong-Ahafo started on Monday.

The facility is being provided by Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL), a Netherlands-South-African water production and technical company working in partnership with Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) under its ‘Water for Life’ Project.

The project aimed at improving water supply in the community and its nearby  towns and villages including Techimantia and Derma in a sustainable manner is expected to be completed in December this year.

It is being financed by Water for Life (W4L), a charitable organization established by Vitens in the Netherlands and whose resources in Ghana are managed by AVRL through its Pro-Poor Water Supply scheme.

Dr. Hannah Louisa Bisiw, Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, also a native of the town, cut the sod to commence work at a durbar organized by the chiefs and people of the town.

She said for more than two decades Dwomo and Techimantia had been supplied with water from a system “that is outmoded and dilapidated” and covered only 40 percent of the supply area.

The growing population coupled with lack of storage facility and power supply instability therefore created frequent interruptions of water supply, she explained.

Dr Bisiw announced that the project component included construction of a 50-metre-cubic reinforced concrete high-level tank to replace the old one.

The construction of the tank would ensure adequate water storage to lead to continuous water supply to the community whenever there is an interruption in power supply, she added.

The Deputy Minister disclosed that there would be a construction of 4.0 kilometre distribution mains extension of 75 millimeter PVC pipeline to ensure improvement in water supply to the developing areas in the community.

She said the project had also catered for the construction of 15 public standpipes to replace the existing ones that had broken down due to lack of maintenance.

She said the project would create 200 jobs and urged the workers to work hard for early completion.

Mr Martin Nijsse, Managing Director of AVRL, said   more than 24 communities from six regions in the country had benefited from such projects at the cost of 965,000 euros.

He said the beneficiary regions and their respective communities were Bawku, Zaare and Navrongo in Upper East Region, Nsuatre, Tuobodom and Dwomo in Brong-Ahafo and Twifo-Praso, Bronyibima, Akwanda and 11 other communities in the Central Region.

Mr Nijsse added Anfoega in the Volta Region as well as Teshie and Sabon Zongo in the Greater-Accra Region and Saint Joseph’s Hospital in the Eastern Region were the other beneficiary communities.

Mr Samuel Kwaku Gyimah, Brong-Ahafo Regional Deputy Coordinating Director, on behalf of the Regional Minister, Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, expressed the hope that on completion, the management committee would work assiduously in a transparent manner to sustain the project.

Mr. Bukari Zakari Anaba, Tano South District Chief Executive, said a local non-governmental organization would undertake education on community training on management, hygiene and sanitation to ensure proper and effective management and full involvement of the community in all aspects of the project.

Source: GNA

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