Safe Water Network Ghana, an organization that constructs, oversees safe water stations in peri – urban areas with the sole aim of providing access to affordable water to the communities has commissioned a safe water station in Akwasiho in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region. Safe Water works with Ghana’s government at all levels and collaborates with both the public and private sectors to overcome the country’s water problems. The organization has its headquarters in New York, United States of America, an office in Accra Ghana and stations in the Ashanti, Lower Volta and Western regions.
Speaking at the function, Mr. Charles Boakye Nimako Country Director for Safe Water Network explained that before construction is carried out in a community, the representatives of the organization and leaders of the community meet to decide on details of the project. He said Safe Water bears 80% out of 100% of the project cost whiles the community accepts 20%.
According to the country director, Safe Water Network has been in Ghana for the past seven years and is currently operating in about 90 communities intending to reach out to 200 communities in a period of 3 or 4 years. He said after the commissioning of every station indigenes are selected to form a water board responsible for upkeep of the water station and also proceeds from the station would be saved in a bank in the same community to be used to pay workers who will also be recruited from the community. He asserted that although Akwasiho community has its own water supply, the source is full of iron and manganese and so they will be treating their water with a plant that clears iron, manganese and other unwanted substances.
Queen mother of Akwasiho, Nana Serwah Ampaafo Brakatu together with assembly member of the area expressed appreciation and gratitude to Safe Water Network and entreated the people to help take good care of the water station.