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16.04.2008 General News

Tamale Assured Of Regular Water Supply

By Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Dalun - newtimesonline.com

TAMALE and its surrounding communities will soon be getting uninterrupted water supply, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, has said. He said that the government is working hard to secure additional 45 million Euros to complete the Tamale water expansion project.

Alhaji Saddique gave the assurance when he and some engineers inspected progress of work at the Dalun water treatment plant at the weekend.

He said that about 75 per cent of work at the plant has been completed.

The minister emphasised that President Kufuor was committed to getting potable water to the people.

Alhaji Saddique said the high incidence of Guinea worm cases in the country was a concern to the government and emphasised that the early completion of the project would help eradicate the Guinea worm disease completely in the country.

He also commended the contractor, Biwater, for the good work done so far.

Alhaji Saddique also commended the chiefs and people of the region for their co-operation and collaboration with the contractors and urged them to keep it up.

The project consultant of Brimater, Mr Edmund Agyeman, who conducted the minister around, debunked the notion that some part of Tamale would not be covered in this current project.

He assured them that every part of the Tamale Metropolis would be covered in addition to some communities along the Yendi and Salaga roads.

Mr Agyeman explained that currently the Ghana Water Company was supplying four million gallons daily to the metropolis which is inadequate.

He revealed that about 10 million gallons of water would be supplied to the people daily when the project is finally completed.

The Tamale water expansion project was awarded to Biwater Company during the latter part of 2006 by the government at a cost of 45 million Euros.

It is expected to be completed in August.

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