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11.02.2014 General News

Water services delivery project establised

By Enoch Frimpong
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The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in The Netherlands have established a project to develop scalable models that will ensure sustainable water services delivery in rural communities in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) Project operates under the auspices of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, and in partnership with other stakeholders. It is to support processes to increase learning and adaptive capacity of the water sector and also support processes towards greater harmonisation and collaboration of the water sector. Overall goals

The Triple-S Project was a multi-country learning initiative of IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, with the overall goal of improving sustainability and reach of rural water services.

It was also aimed at supporting the government and stakeholders in the water sector to improve rural water services delivery through greater harmonisation and increased sector capacity. Consultative meeting

Briefing the press, the External Learning Facilitator of Triple-S Project of the CWSA, Rev. John Nkum, explained that the approach called for collaborative learning involving all key stakeholders that would lead to co-ordination and harmonisation in the delivery of rural water services.

He further explained that if this happened, the functionality of installed water facilities would improve and that coverage of water supply would also increase in the rural areas.

“Because breakdown will be minimised, financing and management by the communities and district assemblies will be better,” he said.

Rev. Nkum said the CWSA was fulfilling its mandate of providing rural water, adding that even though more water facilities were being provided, water supply was not sustainable.

He said in order to do things differently, The Netherlands company, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, was approached for the project.

He said the primary aim of the three-year Triple-S Project was to ensure that the CWSA was able to deliver sustainable water service.

Rev. Nkum said the project had conducted research on a pilot scheme in the Brong Ahafo, Northern and Volta regions and had found out that after water facilities had been provided, the post-construction management or after-care did not receive the required attention.

“After a while the facilities are unable to supply water to the population as they are intended,” he added.

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