Safe Water Network (SWN), an international non-governmental organisation, has constructed two water stations at Abeyee and Berase in the Edina - Eguafo - Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region.
The total population of the two communities (Abeye and Berase) with an average household size of four is about 7,000 and farming and trading is their main economic activity.
The water stations which forms part of the SWN’s “H2OME Water” Enterprise model Programme, was made possible with support from the Group Nduom (GN), The Waterloo and The Stone Family Foundations.
Each water station has an office, to be managed by a 12-member Water and Sanitation Management committee (WSMC) from each beneficiary community.
The WSMC members would be responsible for the maintenance and day to day running of the stations and ensure that people residing in the two communities and its adjoining ones have constant supply of potable water.
The various stations also have facilities to carry out home connections for interested households.
At separate ceremonies to inaugurate the water stations and its water management committees, Mr Charles Nimako, the Country Director of Safe Water Network, said his organisation has implemented over 60 “H2OME Water” Enterprises in over 95 communities in Ghana.
He said 25 new enterprises would be launched before the end of the year.
He said SWN aims at extending the programme to provide sustainable safe water to 500 communities in Ghana.
Mr Alex Damptey, KEEA Environmental Health and Safety Officer, commended SWN and its partners for complementing government’s efforts at improving potable water supply in rural areas.
He called on the chiefs to support Government in the fight against galamsey to protect water bodies.
Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, President of Group Nduom, implored the community especially the women to take ownership of the facility and ensure its sustainability.
Nana Brakwa, the Ankobeahen of Abrem Berase, enumerated how the “H2OME Water” Enterprise has been of immense help to the people as they hitherto relied on borehole and hand dug wells which often dried up in the harmattan season.