The District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Twifo Heman-Lower Denkyira District Assembly, Mr. Foster Joseph Andoh, has cautioned operators in community water supply to desist from politicizing the sale of water.
These include vendors, system managers and pumps managers of Community Water and Sanitation projects.
Mr. Andoh gave the advice at the official handing over ceremony of Pipe Water Project for three Communities in the Twifo-Heman-Lower-Denkyira District of the Central Region at Atti Morkwa, at the weekend.
He said the water-delivery facilities are constructed to benefit everyone, irrespective of political affiliation and charged the Water and Sanitation Development Board (WSDB) to work judiciously to protect the water facilities.
The Water project was financed by the World Bank under the International Development Agency (IDA) at a total cost of GHC 793,000. It was facilitated by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) under its Small Towns Water Supply Project.
The beneficiary communities are Twifo Atti Mokwa, Breman and Sebrensu, which have a total of 14 stand pipes, two pump houses, two transformers and an iron removal plant with a 30,000 gallon capacity water tank.
The DCE charged the people to assume full responsibility of the maintenance of the facilities by ensuring that the stand pipes and water pumps were always in good conditions and reminded them that similar projects would only be replicated for others when they maintain the facility properly.
Mr. Andoh stated that proceeds from the sale of the water will be used to improve the general infrastructure in the town and asked the people to desist from drinking unclean water from rivers and streams with an excuse that they could not afford potable water.
Mrs. Pauline Abrefi Oppong, Regional Director of the CWSA, said the communities should appreciate the social amenity and cautioned against unsanitary conditions, particularly around the stand pipes to prevent the spread of diseases.
She reiterated calls on the people to adopt the culture of maintenance, openness and accountability to enable the town reap the full benefits of the water project.
Chief of Twifo Atti Morkwa, Nana Kwasi Dade, and the Assembly man of the area took turns to show their profound appreciation to the government for bringing potable drinking water to the town and asked the communities to use water wisely.
They also appealed to the government to provide the community with a medical assistant, construct additional classroom blocks and provide good feeder roads.