World Water day Slated For Tomorrow 22nd March, 2016

World water day (WWD) is celebrated by the international community on the 22nd of March of each year, to draw attention to the importance of fresh water and advocate for the sustainable management of fresh water resources.
The annual event highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. This year’s theme:’ Water and jobs, ‘provides an important opportunity to highlights the two-way relationship between water and the decent work agenda in the quest for sustainable development. The main objective of the celebration is to raise awareness about the role of decent work in promoting the human rights to water.
Among activities for the national celebration include, stakeholders dialogue on ‘improved Safe Water Access for Sustainable Livelihoods’. The venue  for this years celebrations in Ghana  is at Mantse Agbonaa,James Town in Accra, at 9am.

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The State of Daboase Water Treatment Plant - Western Region

The Daboase Water Plant is the major treatment plant that supply portable water to the people of Sekondi-Takoradi and its environs. The plant gets its source from the River Pra at Daboase and has the capacity of producing 6 million gallons of water per day (MGD).

Due to illegal mining (Galamsey) activities on the River Pra, the Treatment Plant does not get raw water from the Pra anymore except during the raining season. The raw water is now taking from Bosomase, a community close to Daboase. The Plant now produces only 3.5MGD which is not sufficient for the Twin City looking at their present population. The beneficiary communities are now facing consistent water shortages.

 A recent working visit to the site by the Deputy Minister of Water Resources, works and Housing Samuel Yaw Adusei observed that Chemicals like mercury and cyanide used for the Galamsey operations has increased the cost of production of treated water by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) for the people of Sekondi-Takoradi.

For instance, previously the Company was using 30 bags of alum to produce 6Million gallons per day (MDG) but now the 3.5MGD uses 75 bags of alum.

The Ministry is to put in place a tasked force which consists of the Regional and District security team to help mitigate the problem.

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GWCL Climate Its Golden Jubilee Celebration With a Grand Durbar

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) as part of its 50 years anniversary had a Grand Durbar at the forecourt of their Head Office in Accra.

Addressing the gathering, Hon. Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing urged GWCL to work very hard and also demonstrate commitment towards the growth and expansion of the Company. “I employ you all to eschew laziness and acts that seek to undermine the operations of the Company”

The Managing Director of the Company, Mr. Fred Lokko also congratulated the Board, Management and Staff for pushing the Company to this far.
The event attracted many stakeholders including the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana.

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The Second Edition of the 13th International Construction and Property Exhibition opened In Accra

The Hon. Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing said, our taste for modern architectural designs is not only killing our local building materials and increasing the cost of housing in the country but also a major contributor to our current energy crisis. He said this at the opening of the second edition of the 13th International Building Construction and Property Exhibition.
The Deputy Minister added that, the Ministry would enforce and promote the manufacturing and usage of standardized local technologies in housing including the use of bricks, tiles and pozzalona cement in the industry.

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The State Of Rural Water Services Forum Held In Accra

The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing will support the application of technology in the water sector.
The Hon. Minister, Dr Kwaku Agyemang - Mensah disclosed this at a forum on the State of Rural Water Services in Ghana held in Accra on the theme "From Data to Impact: Leveraging Partnership for Sustained Rural Water Services".

Speaking at the forum, the Minister said ”real time data is required to ensure the functionality of water systems and reduce water loss nationwide".
It is in this regard that, the SMARTterWASH project has been established to bridge the gap between policy makers, service providers and beneficiary communities.
This initiative will enhance data collection and analysis of the functionality levels of services provided, monitoring and management of Rural Water services

The forum was attended by staff of CWSA, IRC and key stakeholders as well as development partners in the Water Sub- Sector.

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