Residents of Ho West and its neighbouring constituencies in the Volta Region will have to wait another year to get supply of potable pipe-born water.
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda, said that the Ghana-Spanish Debt Swap Project, a debt relief project to support the construction of bridges and provision of water supply, is estimated to be completed in May 2018 and handed over in November 2018.
The sector minister announced this, in response to a question posed by the Member of Parliament for Ho West, Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzrah,, last Friday.
Mr. Bedzrah wanted to know from the Sanitation and Water Resources Minister what plans the ministry has to connect Awudome Tsito and its environs to the Kpeve-Ho Water System.
He also wanted to know when the Ghna-Spanish Debt Swap Water Project for some communities in the Ho West, Ho Central, Adaklu and Agotime-Ziope Districts will be completed.
However, in response, the minister said the Kpeve Supply System, which takes its source from the Volta Lake, was built in 1993 with an installed capacity of 4million gallons per day (4MGD) and supplies potable water to Ho and Peki and their surrounding communities.
“Mr. Speaker, the Ghana-Spanish Debt Swap Project is a debt relief project to support the construction of bridges in the Eastern, Northern and Volta regions, as well as the provision and improvement of water in 35 communities in the Volta Region.”
“The provision and improvement of water supply to these 35 communities are in the Ho Municipality, Ho West, Adaklu and Agotime-Ziope Districts. Currently, due process is being followed diligently for the successful implementation of the project.”
“Mr. Speaker, it is estimated that by May 2018, the project will be practically completed to be handed over in November 2018,” Kofi Adda stated on the floor of parliament.
He noted that the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is aware of the current limited installed production capacity of the Kpeve-Ho Water Supply System against the growing demand for water in the area.
According to the sector minister, the company’s strategic plan to expand the water system to increase its production capacity to meet the 2025 projected water demand of 6.6 MGD for Ho, Kpeve, and Peki, as well connect to Awudome Tsito and their surrounding communities.
Nevertheless, Mr. Adda said, the ministry, together with the Ministry of Finance, is evaluating various funding proposals to ensure the speedy implementation of the project once the funds for the project are secured and the necessary approval is obtained.
He assured the people within the project area of the government’s commitment to completing the work so they could enjoy potable water.
However, Mr. Bedzrah told The Republic that, even though he was satisfied with the answers given, the issue of inadequate supply of clean and potable water to the citizens of Ho West, especially during dry season, continued to be a worrisome development in recent times.
He stated that during the dry season, the residents travel several kilometers to fetch water and that the situation is so bad that sometimes residents could live for a days without water and have to roam to some streams in search of water for domestic use, while relying on sachet water for drinking.
The Ho West MP promised to continue reminding the government to ensure that his people get potable water to reduce the risk of combing streams in search of water.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba