A US$80,000.00 small town water system has been completed at Akwasiho in the Kwahu East District to give the people access to uninterrupted potable water supply.
It comes with an overhead tank with a capacity to hold 30,000 litres of treated water and installation of five stand-pipes.
The project was undertaken by Safe Water Network, an NGO, in partnership with Stone Foundation of the United States (US) and Vitol, an Indian NGO.
The community’s counterpart funding of US$20,000.00 was paid by an individual, Mr. Yaw Sarpong.
Mr. Charles Nimako, Country Director for Safe Water Network, at the inauguration of the project, said his organization had over the past eight years brought safe and affordable water to about 300,000 people in 93 communities across the country.
In the Eastern Region alone, in excess 45,000 people had benefitted, he added.
The target, he said, was to construct small town water systems in 200 communities within the next four years.
He announced that a bank account would be opened into which revenue from the sale of the water would be paid to take care of the maintenance of the facility and the purchase of chemicals for the treatment of the water.
Mr. John Keys, Executive Vice President of Safe Water Network, applauded Mr. Sarpong for contributing to a noble cause and encouraged everybody to learn from his example.
Nana Serwaa Ampaafo Brakatu II, the Queen of the town, described the project as a dream come true.
She indicated that it had ended the severe water problem, compounded by unrestrained illegal mining in the area and the resultant pollution of the Pra River, the main source of water to the people.