Accra, June 18, GNA- Cabinet has given approval for the construction of a 233 million Euro facility for the construction of Tamale, Yapei and Damongo water systems.
The project aimed at improving delivery of potable water to about 800,000 people in the Northern Region.
Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, who announced this at a media briefing in Accra on Tuesday, said the existing water supply system for Tamale and its environs was constructed in 1972 with some expansion works carried out in 2008.
However, he said, due to the growing population demand, it has outstripped supply, thus compelling the Ghana Water Company to ration water supply in those areas.
He said the new water project would address water supply constraints in Tamale and its surrounding communities as well as aid in achieving the Government’s target of providing water for all citizens by 2030.
Explaining the scope of work for the project, the Minister said it covered 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.