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07.11.2007 General News

RURAL AND URBAN WATER SITUATION TO BE IMPROVED

By ISD (Sheila Halm-Quartey)

As part of the Government's commitment towards the achievements of the millennium Development Goal (MDG) of 78% of water coverage by 2015, Hon Abubakar Sadique Boniface, MP, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing said his ministry has been aggressive in the delivery of water both in the rural and urban communities. Updating the media yesterday at the 'Meet The Press' series organised by the Ministry of Information and National Orientation in Accra, the Minister said urban water supply is expected to increase to about 58% due to various expansion works which are in progress. Hon Abubakar Sadique Boniface noted that Adenta Water Supply, Accra East/West Interconnection and Kpone II Water Supply Expansion projects are to help end the water shortage of the Accra/Tema Metropolis as it will entail the production of additional 40 million gallons of water per day.

The Minister said the Accra East/West Interconnection project which costs US$32m is expected to supplement water from Kpone with at least 15 gallons per day. He said this project would improve water delivery to Adenta, parts of Eastern and Western Accra including Madina, Kwabenya and Ashongman etc.

'The Kasoa project at a cost of €12,230,167 which is to be financed with a concessionary loan from the Dutch Government will complement and improve water supply to a number of areas that are currently being supplied from Weija works, to relieve the supply pressure on weija and also to boost supply to Accra,' he stated

The Minister disclosed that an amount of €4.1 million has also been approved by ORET for the execution of additional works, including the replacement of the existing 250mm pipeline to Senya Breku and Buduatta all in the Central Region. He added that Etwakura and Dominase would also benefit from the additional distribution works.

Hon Boniface stated that the Government as part of its drive to provide adequate housing,launched the Affordable Housing Programme in 2005, with a plan to build 100,000 housing units for the middle and low income groups through Public Private Partnership, this he said will help most Ghanaians especially pensioners to get affordable houses.

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