The world commemorates World Water Day on Sunday, March 22, and residents of Teshie and Nungua, both suburbs of the national capital, will be celebrating the occasion with pomp and pageantry.

WaterThis follows the construction of a 125 million-US dollar desalination plant, the first ever in Sub-Saharan Africa for the over 500,000 residents.
The plant is expected to pump 13.2 million gallons of fresh water daily from treated seawater to the people.
Most of the residents expressed satisfaction with the water situation in the area when Xinhua visited them to ascertain the water and sanitation situation in the community Friday morning.
Clement Owusu, owner of Clesandra Guest House in Nungua, commended the Ghana government for the project as he spends less on water for his business, compared to when the desalination plant had not been constructed.
?I was spending 500 cedis or 156 dollars on water every month but, with the coming of the treated seawater, I now spend 220 cedis or 68 dollars for the same period. I now save about 300 cedis or 94 dollars,? Owusu said.
When the project was commissioned in the early part of the year, some residents complained about the salt content in the water.
However, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly, Seth Badu Tawiah, told Xinhua his outfit relayed the complaint as soon as it got to their attention to the engineers of the project and the problem had been solved.
Tawiah said the treated seawater was as good as any good drinking water and commended the Ghana government for siting the project in the municipality.
?We are free from water problems and I think, within the municipality, we are happy. We thank the president for such a project,? the MCE remarked.
Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, in his state of the nation address to the country?s parliament in February, said: ?We have also introduced into our water production mix, a Desalination Water Project, which is the first ever, desalination plant in this country.?
He said the Teshie-Nungua plant was currently supplying 13.2 million gallons of water per day to about half a million people in Teshie, Nungua, the Teshie military barracks, Batsoona, Sakumono and parts of La-Dadekotopon, all suburbs of Accra.
?Total water supply to the capital has therefore increased by more than 65.7 million gallons of water per day. Through these investments we have therefore outstripped the demand for water in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area by 2.7 million gallons per day,? Mahama said.
Ghana seeks to achieve universal access to water for citizens by 2025.
Using 2009 as the base year, the Annual Progress Report (APR) of 2012 by the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, says access to safe water in the rural areas is 63.41 percent and 62.9 percent in urban.
Ghana, the report said, reached 86 percent of potable water coverage for the whole country under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations (UN).
Sanitation in the area was however an eyesore, as residents continued to practice open defecation in the community.
According to the Joint Monitoring Platform (JMP), the West African country has sanitation coverage of 14 percent. Enditem

Source: xinhua


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