Ghana partners Belfus Bank, Credendo to enhance access to clean water in Bono

GHANA – The government of Ghana has partnered with Bank Belfius of Belgium and the European credit insurance group Credendo, based in Brussels to enhance access to drinking water for residents of Bono region.

The partnership involves a credit line of 30 million euros opened by Bank Belfius and Credendo for the implementation of a drinking water supply project in Wenchi, a town located in the Bono region of Ghana.

The water project comprises of a mechanism for water delivery to Wenchi and a water treatment plant with a capacity of 10,700 m3 per day.

The drinking water is intended to supply the inhabitants of Wenchi and the surrounding towns, including Droboso, Yoyoano, Beposo, Asuano, Koase, Nkonsia, Wurompo and Awisa.

According to a report by Afrik21 the water project will meet the drinking water demand of the population of Wenchi and the surrounding areas until 2040.

The new installations will replace the old system, which was established in 2002, under the government of former president John Agyekum Kufuor.

Although funds for the projects have been secured, reports indicate that the Ghanaian government is yet to reveal the name of the company that will build the drinking water facilities.

However, the authorities of this West African country say that the company will use the services of Ghanaian workers for the various works that will last 36 months.

The Wenchi project is part of the many initiatives launched by the State of Ghana to improve the supply of drinking water in the country in line with the government’s strategic goal of ensuring that all people in Ghana have access to basic levels of water and sanitation services by 2025.

It follows a similar project launched in July 2020 by the Ghanaian government aimed at extending the drinking water supply facilities in Yendi, in north-eastern Ghana.

The Yendi water facility extension project, according to a report by Afrik21 was being implemented 59 years after the first drinking water pipes were installed.

Ultimately, the newly extended drinking water system will provide the inhabitants of the municipality of Yendi and its surroundings with 15,000 m3 of water per day in order to meet the demand for drinking water till 2040.

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