10.05.2004 Regional News

Bid to improve water sanitation at Akwatia and Kade

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Kade (E/R), May 10, GNA - The Kwaebibirem District Assembly is to provide mechanised borehole each for Akwatia and Kade as part of measures to improve the water supply and poor sanitation situation in the district.

Addressing the District Assembly at Kade, the District Chief Executive, Mr Yaw Yiadom-Boakye said the initial arrangement was that, the water would be sold to the Ghana Water Company (GWC) at Kade, while at Akwatia the water would be sold direct to the public.

The GWC, he said, had assured the Assembly that the government had released funds to improve the Kade water supply by drilling another borehole and mechanise an existing one.

Mr Yiadom-Boakye said under the same facility, Asuom's water supply would be improved through the drilling and mechanising an additional borehole.

The DCE said in order not to delay their expansion programme, the GWC was collaborating with the contractor engaged by the Assembly to commence work this month.

Mr Yiadom-Boakye said in order to solve the Akwatia water supply problem, the driller/investor had agreed in principle to collaborate with the district assembly to mechanise the borehole that had already been drilled to ensure constant water supply in the Akwatia town.

The private investor, the DCE said, was also prepared to install a small water system and the cost shared between the District Assembly and himself, saying, the Assembly would sign a management contract with him to run the water system.

On sanitation, Mr Yiadom-Boakye said in order to control the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, the Assembly had begun constructing incinerators to take care of the volume of waste that was generated daily.

For a start, work on four of such incinerators, two each at Akwatia and Kade had begun and other towns like Asuom and Akyem Wenchi would later be considered, he added.

The DCE appealed to Assembly members to educate the beneficiary communities on the need to utilise the incinerators effectively so that the objectives for which they were constructed could be achieved. He said two of the incinerators had been completed, with each costing 45 million cedis and they would soon be put to use.

Mr Yiadom-Boakye, however, cautioned that unless people become conscious and dedicated to ensuring that the immediate environment was clean and dispose off refuse properly, communities would continue to experience in-sanitary conditions even if the district assembly used all its resources to keep the environment clean.

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