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07 August 2017

Communities in Ketu South still faces acute water problems

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Some communities in the Ketu South Municipality are still without potable water for use a situation which is frustrating to the residents.

Residents would have to walk for long kilometers to have access to water which is still not hygienic enough for use and sometimes.

In a validation and monitoring excise by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee [PIAC] and the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists [IFEJ] in the municipality saw that some communities are still faced with water challenges.

Some of these communities just need an extension of deep well to give them potable water for use or drilling of boreholes.

The Ketu South Municipal Engineer and the head of works at the assembly, Kingsley Kofi Oduro in an interview said because of the salinity or the salty nature of the area, any normal borehole cannot produce fresh water for use hence the need to depend on the extension of deep well in some of the communities to ease the burden of walking long distances in search of water.

According to him, even though the deep well is capital intensive, it will be good if government makes available funding for the  extension of the three existing ones to all the communities especially the deprived ones to reduce the burden of either providing all communities with the deep well or the drilling many boreholes in each communities.

Mr Oduro however appealed to government to make available another funding from the oil revenue to extend water to the various communities as soon as possible to enable the residents in these communities also have access to potable water.

“We are appealing to the government to provide enough funding to enable other communities in the districts have excess to water” Kingsley Oduro pleaded.

He said the delay of the completion of the project is due to lack of funding.

Meanwhile, contractors for the water projects in the five communities are appealing to government to review the rate since prices of good have increased since the contracts were awarded in 2011.

Funding was release from the oil revenue for the construction of five [5] water supply projects in five communities in the Ketu South Municipality in 2012 at a cost 678,110.10.

The projects in the communities is 75 percent complete with the one in Blemazado 100 percent completed.

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) is an independent statutory body mandated to promote transparency and accountability in the management of petroleum revenues in Ghana.

 

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