The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) is set to improve upon the quality, quantity, and accessibility of water supply to communities as it rehabilitates dilapidated water systems in the Volta region.
The organization, tasked with facilitating the provision of safe water and related sanitation and hygiene services to rural communities and small towns through a decentralized service delivery approach.
It is partnering GTZ to rehabilitate water systems in Dambai, Banda, Akatsi, Kwamekrom, Damonko, Kpassa, Kete-Krachi, Adidome, Kpandai and Chinderi as well as Taviefe, Vakpo and Nkwanta.
According to the Volta Regional Director of CWSA, Ing. Divine Dugbartey said this step has become necessary as the communities being served are outgrowing the agency’s deteriorated installations.
“Since most of the systems were designed to supply water to only a small number of residents of the various communities, it is becoming difficult to serve larger communities with the same structures. This necessitated the action of quickly rehabilitating the water systems in order to help these communities,” Ing. Dugbatey indicated.
The project which started a month ago includes the rehabilitation of the intake structures and treatment plants on the surface system in Damanko Kpassa and Adidome.
It also involves the rehabilitation of pump houses, transmission and distribution lines, appurtenances on the transmission and distribution lines as well as storage tanks and public standpipes and the installation of pumps.
The project is expected to complete by April 2019.
Learning from the mismanagement of the community water systems under the Community Ownership and Management (COM) system under which, Water and Sanitation Management Teams (WSMTs) were formed to manage water systems, the organization is moving towards the implementation of the Rural Water and Sanitation.
Under the new system, the rehabilitated water systems are being handed to “Water Systems Management Staff” (WSMS) made up of professional engineers, technicians and accountants who are expected to apply their expertise to the sustainable management of the water systems.
This new reform is to make the existing facilities self-sustaining so as to enable the CWSA which has increased water coverage from 29% in 1990 to 63.49% in 2018 to extend potable water supply to unserved communities in its quest to help the country attain Goal 6 of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.