Upper East Regional Manager of the Community Water and Sanitation agency (CWSA), John Godson Aduakye, has admonished Communities to effectively manage their water systems to spun the life-cycles of equipment.
“Let us ensure proper supervision, good management of finances and equipment to avoid breakdowns”. He added.
Mr. Aduakye said the mechanised water system unlike hand pumps were delicate and needed routine maintenance and proper handling to spun the lives of the equipment.
Making the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, Mr. Aduakye observed that until proper financial management was done, it will be difficult for communities handling the systems to replace parts of the equipment in the event of breakdowns.
The Regional Manager advised committees in charge of the water systems to encourage their communities to pay water levies and ensure they monitored them well by checking on breakdowns to sustain water flow in the communities.
“Those managing the system should keep faith in what they do and encourage the people to pay for using the water so that the equipment could be maintained”.
Mr. Aduakye said some communities were already suffering the consequences of non-maintenance of water systems and indicated that it was worrying for communities in such remote areas not to have access to water because of systems breakdown.
He indicated that the CWSA in the Upper East Region was already managing seven towns with water flowing well through them, especially in Zebilla and Binaba in the Bawku West District, Sandema, in the Builsa North District, Paga and Chiana in the Kasenna Nankana West and the Bongo Districts in collaboration with well setup water committees.
He said even though there were challenges with some of the systems taken over by the CWSA, management was putting in the necessary measures to ensure constant water flow.
He added that the Upper East Region was privileged to benefit from water supply under the small town water supply systems and noted that the Bongo District, which still had challenges with fluoride in the water content would soon have the problem solved as research was being carried out on the fluoride problem.