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By Shalorm Fafa
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Our forefathers harvested and used rain water for domestic and other chores, when there was no pipe born water. The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, having this at the back of its mind, said Government will collaborate with the various assemblies, to incorporate rain water harvesting devices, in their building designs, to help reduce the pressure on pipe born water. He was speaking at the Handing over of the Pro-Poor Pilot Project, organized by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission in Teshie Old Town.The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission in partnership with Ghana Water Company, Aqua Vitens Rand Limited and Water aid, selected three communities namely, Nima, Glefe and Teshie-Nshorna, which have peculiar water problems, for the Pro-Poor Pilot Project. The first part of the project was completed at Glefe in July. Now is the turn of Teshie Nshorna community. The Executive Secretary for the PURC Stephen Adu, explained, it is the responsibility of the PURC, to bring quality water in bulk, for residents to buy at an affordable price. He expressed the hope, that the project will encourage members of the community, to get involved in managing the water. Acting Managing Director of Aqua Vitens Rand Ltd. Ingineer Senyo Amengor, said the effort to distribute water equitably into the system, is being thwarted by people who have bigger water storage tanks, which take more than their monthly consumption. Mr. Aboagye Minta who represented the Minister for Water Resources Works and Housing, said rain water harvesting must be encouraged in the country. The Ledzorkuku Krowor Municipal Chief Executive Daniel Amartey and Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Nii Nortey Duah, commended the partners in the Pro-Poor Project for the initiative but called for a more concrete solution, that will supply water consistently to the communities. The Teshie Pro-Poor Project Water Board Chairman Seth Tagoe, thanked the PURC and its partners for relieving the Teshie Nshonna community, of its water problem and promised to ensure, the facility is well managed.

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