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Business News of Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Source: Daily Guide

Gov’t secures $180m to improve water supply

Government has secured a loan of $180 million from the United States Exim Bank to rehabilitate water supply systems nationwide.

The minister of Water Resource Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, who made this known at the meet-the-press encounter in Accra yesterday, said the project will improve water delivery in all the 10 regions.

He said due diligence of the systems has been conducted, and supply and installation will begin in 2015.

Mr. Dauda said the continuous use of old and obsolete equipment by the Ghana Water Company limited hampers the efficient delivery of potable water to the people of Ghana.

“For instance, the water treatment plants at Brimsu and Weija were built in 1920s and 1950s respectively.

Again, population growth has made it difficult for such water treatment plants to meet the current water demand in the affected communities,” he said.

Mr. Dauda said the Strategic investment programme of the company is aimed at rehabilitating most of the water supply systems.

Ghana-Togo Collaboration To promote the Ghana-Togo bilateral relations, he said a trans-boundary water project is being implemented by the two countries.

Mr. Dauda said the project will enable Togo secure water from the Volta river at Sogakope for delivery to lome.

“All the towns and villages along the pipe route in Ghana will be supplied with potable water. the beneficiary communities in Ghana will include Akatsi, Denu, Agbozume, Aflao, Abor and Anyako and all the communities along the line to Lome,” he said.

Mr. Dauda said the African development Bank (AFDB) is providing a grant of €2.124 for the feasibility studies, adding that six companies have been shortlisted for the consultancy services.

“also, an MOU which spells out the terms of collaboration between the two countries was signed on Friday, 12th December, 2014 in Lome, Togo by the Togolese minister responsible for Water and my good self,” he said.