GHC1.4 billion for water projects this year Featured

By Isabella Agyakwa March 16, 2020 659 3 comments

The government is expected to disburse GHC1,494,706,592.93 (GHC1.495 billion) this year to help it honour its commitment to providing access to potable water across the country.

The 12 designated projects, which will be spearheaded by Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL), are for both expansion of the system and water supply, and will be secured through loans and grants.

Documents seen by the Daily Statesman show that the projects will be carried out across the regions. The programme is intended to achieve the government’s target of “Water For All” by 2030.

Breakdown

According to the documents, GHC507 million will be disbursed for Phase II of the Kpong Water Supply Expansion, while GHC15m has been allocated to Kumasi Addendum Project. The Hohoe and Ho Water Supply Expansion project has also been apportioned GHC170m.

The government is expected to disburse a further GHC72mn for Low-income Urban Water Supply projects, GHC190m for the Sekondi-Takoradi Water Supply project and GHC143m to water supply in Sunyani.

In addition, GHC55m has been earmarked for the supply project targeting Keta; GHC59m is expected to be used for the Techiman Water Supply project; GHC26m for water supply to Assin Fosu; and GHC188m will be used for the supply to Weija. The Fanteakwa-Begoro Water Supply project will be given GHC35m.

The document further says GHC29m has been allotted for a separate project in one of the regions.

Ongoing projects

Meanwhile, work on nine ongoing water and sanitation projects is progressing steadily across the country.

Experts estimate that these schemes, expected to provide approximately 1.9 million Ghanaians with access to potable water, will cost US$397m.

They include the Sogakope-Lome Trans-Boundary Water Supply project, the water supply projects for the Upper East Region and Yendi, the Damongo-Tamale water project and the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation project.

23 small town systems

In addition, under the Additional Financing-Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (AF-SRWSP), the government is building 23 small town water systems in 11 regions. The project was originally designed for six regions. However, the creation of new regions has increased the number of beneficiary regions to 11.

The US$45.7m project will now benefit the Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Bono, Central, Western, North-East, Savannah, Bono East, Ahafo and Western Regions.

Water supply systems are also being constructed at Bronsanko, Asiri, Jankufa, Prang and Dotobaa in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions.

In addition, water supply systems are being constructed at Walewale, Gambaga, Nalerigu, Gushiegu, Saboba and Chereponi within the Northern, North-East and Savannah Regions.

The rehabilitation of the Lambussie, Hamile/Happa systems in the Upper West Region is also ongoing. In addition, 250 boreholes are being constructed in Daffiama-Bussie, Lawra, Sissala West, Nandom and Jirapa, with rehabilitation works expected to serve a population of 7,848 in Lambussie and a total of 13,920 people in Hamile and Happa.

The Asempaneye and Oseikojokrom water systems in the Western and Western North Regions are also being built.

In the Central Region, communities within the saline belt are being connected to the pipelines of Ghana Water Company Ltd. Beneficiary communities include Essakyir, Mando, Abaasa, Obontser, Essiam, Gomoa Enyiresi, Anomasa, Ayelda, Bontrase, Papase and Agona Nkum.

Eighty-four communities in total are expected to benefit from the project.

Execution and payment

According to a report on the projects, seen by the Daily Statesman, as of October 2019, the average stage for execution of works in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions was above 90 per cent, while the unpaid contract balance was roughly 22 per cent.

In the Central Region, except for one contract which was less than 60 per cent complete, the remaining 12 were in the range of between 63 and 98 per cent.

The highest rate of accomplishment of 85 per cent was reported, in the Northern Region, though more than half of the projects were yet to be used at the time.

In the Upper West, more than 80 per cent of the rehabilitation works on the Lambussie and Hamile/Happa systems was completed, while progress in drilling 250 boreholes in all six districts of the region was at a critical stage approaching completion, with 196 boreholes drilled and pump-tested.

In the Western Region, 80.50 per cent of outstanding work on the Asempaneye and Oseikojokrom systems was complete and 67 per cent of the contract sum had been invoiced.




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