Dirty Water
Dirty Water

The fate of residents of Pwalugu is endangered as they are exposed to water borne diseases for lack of access to good sources of potable drinking water.

The about 4,000 people in the area have suffered acute water problem for 24 months, resorting to fetching water from unwholesome sources and are unable to afford tanker services to address their domestic and commercial water needs.

The only old borehole the people depended on has dried up with many of the people resorting to long distance and ground sources for their supplies.

Mr John Godson Aduakye, Upper East Regional Manager of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) in an interview with the Ghana News Agency expressed worry and said the situation was dangerous especially when it was not clear how the people treated their water before drinking.

Confirming the Pwalugu challenge, he said the problem which was as result of a broken-down pump in the area had come to his notice and noted that the community was expected to make some efforts through their community water management teams to help solve the problem.

He further said efforts were underway to take over the management of the water system after repair works were done on the water system.

Mr Aduakye said the community borehole was one of the two boreholes drilled under the small town Rural water supply systems that supplied water to the area with only one of them yielding water while the others had low level of water or completely dried up.

On how Sanitation component was being addressed in the face of the challenges, he said CWSA was working to make all districts in the Upper East Region have household latrines as part of efforts to achieve open defecation free communities in the region.

He said 120 communities had been selected and trained on some software work, and education, while some artisans were taught to build latrines and toilets in their homes to ensure that the 100 communities reached ODF status by the end of the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (SRWSP), which had the development objective to expand access and ensure sustainability of water supply and sanitation services in the country.

He said 3,000 toilets were expected to be built and indicated that at the end of 2018 about 1,500 toilets were built and expressed the hope that his outfit would achieve all the 3,000 by the end of 2019.

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