Residents of Seneagya in the Sekyere East District of Ashanti will soon breathe a sigh of relief, with the restoration of the town’s water supply system.
The water supply system which was installed in 1998, broke down five years ago.
Residents therefore had to resort to the use of underground water, posing as potential threat to their health.
This came to light when the Board of Directors of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, CWSA met with officials of the Sekyere East District Assembly and the chief and some residents and opinion leaders at Seneagya.
The meeting, which formed part of a two day working visit of the CWSA Board to the Ashanti Region, was to find a solution to the speedy rehabilitation of the water supply system, which was provided by the government with funding from the World Bank.
During a tour of the CWSA Board members, it was observed that the submersible pumps were nonfunctional, while almost all the distribution pipes had either become rusty or virtually destroyed.
The town’s water and sanitation management team was also nonfunctional. The Board Chairman, Nana Danso, Agyei, Paramount Chief of Nkasem Traditional Area in the Brong Ahafo Region said the expectation of the CWSA is that the water supply facility will function at optimal capacity through and beyond their design life span.
However, current developments in the Seneagya township have hampered that sustainability of the system. These developments include the inability of the water and sanitation management team to set realistic targets.
It is for this reason that the Board decided to engage in serious dialogue with the District Assembly and the Seneagya community to find a solution to the sustainability issues.
The Sekyere Central District Chief Executive, Ebenezer Akuoko Frimpong, who has oversight responsibility for the Sekyere East District Assembly, pledged to foot 60 per cent of the Seneagya water system repair works, while the CWSA has committed to providing 30 per cent of the cost of repairs.
The Seneagya township is to provide 10 per cent of the repair cost.
Mr. Akuoko Frimpong cautioned against politicization of the selection of members of the water and sanitation management team.
Story By: Nicholas Osei-wusu Kumasi