Following the successful completion of 39 out of 40 Small Town Water and Sanitation projects funded by the European Union (EU) for 40 communities in the Western and Central regions of Ghana, potable water has been provided for 232,636 rural people in the two regions.
This is made up of 80,948 people in 19 communities in the Central Region and 151,688 people in 20 communities in the Western Region.
The communities that have benefitted from the EU-funded water and sanitation projects are Asuasi and Nyamedom, Breman Nwomaso, Breman Bedum and Breman Brakwa Kokoso in the Abura Aseibu Kwamankese and Asikuma Odoben Brakwa Districts of the Central Region.
Others are Assin Kushea, Assin Dansame, Assin Nyankomase, Assin Akropong, Assin Manso, Assin Nsuta, Assin Anyinabrim and Assin Adiembra in the Assin South District of the Central Region.
The rest of the beneficiary communities in the Central Region are Dominase-Aheadze and Kyeakor in the Mfantsiman District, Wawase and Twifo Hemang in the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District and also Maudaso and Aminase as well as Ntom-Bethleem in the Upper Denkyira West District and Kyekyewere in the Upper Denkyira East District.
In the Western Region, the beneficiary towns are Abura-Japenkrom and Dixcove in the Ahanta West District, Wassa Akropong in the Wassa Amenfi East District and Jema, Enchi as well as Dadieso in the Aowin-Suaman District.
Others are Yawmatwa and Dabiso-Essam in the Bia District,Awaso in the Bibiani Ahwiaso Bekwai District, as well as Nuba, Tikobo 1-Allowule, Bonyere-Erzinlibo in the Jomoro District, and Bonso Nkwanta, Afere and Bodi in the Juabeso District.
The rest are Adum Banso in the Mpohor Wassa East District, Kikam, Teleku Bokazo / Nkroful and Awiebo-Beseke-Edwakpole in the Ellembelle District and Sefwi Buako in the Sefwi Wiaso District.
It is estimated that in 2016 the EU STWaSaP would cater for a total of 91,800 people in the Central Region and 137,000 on completion of the Assin Fosu Project, whereas for the communities in the Western Region, the number would shoot up to 175,000 in the same year.
Meanwhile, the project that is estimated to serve the highest number of 14,127 people in the Central Region is Breman Brakwa Kokoso in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District, with the lowest being Maudaso and Aminase in the Upper Denkyira West District estimated to serve 2,388 people.
In the Western Region, the beneficiary community with the highest number of 13, 443 people is Dadieso in the Aowin-Suaman District, while the lowest is Bonso Nkwanta in the Juabeso Distict which is estimated to cater for 2,756 people.
By Edmund Smith-Asante