— as MP seeks Govt Intervention
Residents and domestic animals within Dorkploame and seventeen surrounding communities in the South Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region for years now, have to scramble for water as the central government appeared to have forgotten their plight.
Women and their children who shelter themselves from the scorching sun in most of the remote farming communities in the constituency have to stretch long distance in order to access water regardless it not been potable to quench thirst.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for South Tongu, Hon Wisdom Kobena Mensah Woyome , disclosed this to THE REPUBLIC , after he dragged the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources to parliament last Thursday in Accra.
According to him, severe water crisis has badly affected majority of the Dorkploame community and it’s environs as all the most potable water sources are non existent and the few streams in the area have also dried up.
In dry season, he said is the worst period, as residents of these communities have to travel between 20 to 30 kilometers to scramble with animals to access water.
“The main source of potable water for now are sachet water and from neighbouring communities that have pipes, because all the streams and the Wells are dried up. At moment, people of the communities have to travel between 20 to 30 kilometers to Central Tongu to access water, ” Hon WOYOME stated.
The Residents, the MP said travel far away from their home to get water which they get after three to four hours everyday. The area, especially Dorkploame and others communities have been hit badly, some have to travel longer distance to get water from Sogakope river.
Hon Woyome who sounded very worried over the plight of his constituent, expressed the view that, the only short term solution was for them to buy sachet water, while seeking intervention from the central government.
While assuring to continue with the effort on personal note, the SouthTongu lawmaker called on the central the government to intervene by renovating the Agordome- Sogakope Water Treatment Plant to services the nearest communities.
Posing a question to the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mr Woyome said, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources what step is being taken to extend potable drinking water to Dorkploame and the seventeen surrounding communities, being one of the food baskets of the area.
In response, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah said, the existing water supply system,thus Agordome- Sogakope Water Treatment Plant which supplies water to parts of South Tongu District and Keta Municipal and constructed in 1998, is currently under supplying.
She said, the existing installed plant capacity is 1.6 MGD, but the Plant is currently producing at 1.0 MGD due to frequent power outages and decreased in efficiencies of the plant facilities over the period.
“Mr. Speaker, as a result of the inadequate daily production to meet current demand of 2.4 MGD, the following interventions have been initiated to provide water potable water to the people of Dorkploame and its environs,” the Minister stated.
In the meantime, the Minister said, extension of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) distribution network to the communities is under consideration, while effort been made through GWCL to bring interested investors to rehabilitate and expand the Agordome-Sogakope Water Treatment Plant.
Mrs Dapaah said, beside the rehabilitation exercise, distribution pipelines would also be extended to these communities as they await to be served by the soon to be constructed Sogakope-Lome Transboundary water supply distribution network project.
She assured the MP and the people of South Tongu, especially the affected communities of the Government determination to solve water problems in their area sand across the country.
But Mr Woyome said hews not impressed by the answers on grounds that, that has been the chorus in similar questions asked on different issues, stating, “in similar question the government said it was looking for funds and in another they are looking for investors.”
Source: therepublinewsonlline com/Felix Nyaaba