Mr. Speaker, the Kwanyako Water Supply system which is to serve five districts in the Central Region, and which I am very proud and happy to announce, is eight months ahead of schedule and is supposed to cover Awutu, Efutu, Senya, Agona, Gomoa, Mfantsiman, Ajumako, Enyan and Esiam. Some of the key towns that would be covered are Swedru, Senya Bereku, Bawjiase and Agona Nyarkrom.
The source of the water will be the Ayensu River.
Mr. Speaker, the present situation is that the installed capacity of some 3,000,000 gallons a day -- precisely 3,080,000 gallons a day -- would be improved and the output then will go to something like 4.6 million gallons a day. And this is being funded by The Netherlands Government with a 50 per cent grant and the rest by the Government of the Republic of Ghana. This project, when completed, will meet the needs of all the people in the environ up to the year 2015.
However, some minor existing distribution and transmission pipelines will have to be rehabilitated to restore water supply to such areas such as Bontrase, Kuntanase and Nkoransa whose water supply has been interrupted as a result of road construction; and this, Mr. Speaker, we are seeing to.
We also propose that in the short to medium-term the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) will source funds from the Budget for Swedru, Aboso, Benso, Akroful, Akropon, Nyarkrom, Kwanyako, Senya Bereku, Obrachire, Bawjiase, Buduburam, Odoben and Kuntanase for distribution and extension improvement.
Villages outside the distribution coverage area for the time being cannot be connected because of the limitation of water resources which must come from the Winneba Water Supply System. The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) has accordingly been tasked to liaise with the respective District Assemblies to determine the intervention that would be required under that particular situation.
Mr. Speaker, I want to add also -- and
this is not in the published Answer -- that we are also in discussion with the Dutch
Government and they have decided that they may give us a grant of €4 million which will help us to extend the network even further, because there is nothing more distressing than to see the main water pipe passing by your village and you not being able to access it. I believe that the €4 million will come to pass and in that instance, therefore, we will be able to serve those smaller villages that were not catered for in the original design of the project.
Akwasiase, Mabang and Mamfo
(Small Town Water Project)
Q. 552. Mr. Kwame Owusu Frimpong
asked the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing what plans the Ministry had to provide Akwasiase, Mabang and Mamfo, all in the Ahafo Ano North constituency, with small town water project.