Cabinet has given approval for a 233million Euro Facility for the construction of the Tamale and Damongo water systems aimed at improving the delivery of potable drinking water to an estimated 800 thousand people in the Northern Region.
The existing water supply system for Tamale and its environs was constructed in 1972 with some expansion works carried out in 2008. However, as a result of the rapidly growing population demand has outstripped supply compelling the Ghana water company to ration supply in these areas.
Briefing journalists in Accra on Tuesday 18th July 2019, Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the new project is aimed at addressing the supply constraints for Tamale and its surrounding communities as well as achieving the government of Ghana target of water for all by 2030.
“The total number of target beneficiaries is almost 800,000 from Tamale through Yapei and Damongo,” he told reporters.
Mr Nkrumah disclosed that the scope of work for the project covers the construction of a new water treatment plant with pumps and transmission pipelines, pumping station, new district offices at Tamale and installation of dedicated power lines.
Additionally, water asset management would be improved through the provision and laying of primary distribution network, service connection materials and training of staff.
The project is financed by an export credit facility from a number of institutions led by Deutsche Bank.