The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah has cuts sod for the construction of 150-Point Sources and 12 Small Town Water Systems.
The project which is estimated at cost of 30 million Euros is been financed by Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State acting through the Export Credits Guarantee Department (operating as UK Export Finance) and HSBC Bank plc under an export credit financing structure will be undertaken by Aqua Africa limited, a UK private firm.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Akramaman in the Ga West Municipality where the sod-cutting ceremony took place, the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister explained that the project is designed to improve rural water delivery.
She said the 150-point sources and 12 Small Town Water Systems when completed will serve 588 communities across five (5) regions namely, Volta, Oti, Ashanti, Eastern and Greater Accra.
Madam Dapaah disclosed that government, through her ministry and the Community Water & Sanitation Agency (CWSA), embarked on a strategy to enhance the delivery of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities of the unserved rural population towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.
The concept of this transformation she noted considered innovative technology and financing methods to generate revenue to take care of the maintenance and future expansion programmes and improve mechanisms to hold all actors to their roles and responsibilities in the WASH sector.
“Aqua Africa limited, a UK private sector entity, was identified for its unique technology and approach to rural water delivery. This involves the adoption of a market-based approach to provide sustainable safe drinking water to rural communities and small towns and to also secure revenue from water sales using smart metering or cashless payment systems,” the minister hinted.
She further explained that, the Nano-technology filtration is to treat unsafe water for distribution to households or community standpipes. This technology is cost-effective and efficient.
The project is made up of the following four components:
I. The Point Source Nano-Filtration Systems which will provide point source Nano-filtration systems to 150 communities in areas where the water source is contaminated.
ii. The systems will comprise photo-voltaic power supplies and solar pumps, Nano-filters in anti-bacterial tanks, and revenue capture system (either through mobile money or smartcards) at the source. Each system is expected to provide safe water to 600 people on average, resulting in safe water provision for 90,000 people.
iii. To provide both piped water to households and public standpipes in 12 small towns. Each system will comprise photo-voltaic power for the pumping system, which will take water from water sources and anti-bacterial storage tanks.
iv. Water will be distributed from the central system to smart meters at each household and to the public standpipe locations, where water will be sold either through mobile money or through a smartcard revenue capture system. It is expected to serve a small-town with an average population of 16,000. In total 192,000 people in twelve small towns will be served under this component.
To ensure the sustainability of the water supply systems, the project will provide environmental and social safeguard interventions, select communities, promote community engagement and sensitize, as well as train Water System Management Staff.
Upon completion the project is expected to, among others, benefit about 282,000 people in the five regions and bring to the beneficiary communities, maximisation of social and health benefits such as safe, increasing coverage in affordable and reliable water supply, improvement in school attendance and reduction in water borne diseases, improvement in economic development and poverty reduction by giving a boost to business and trade, mainly within the Small and Medium Enterprises, Manufacturing and Rural Enterprise sectors as espoused in the One-District-One-Factory industrial policy of Government. The minister noted.