Nana Asaw Ababio (2nd from right), Kunsu-Wiosohene, assisted by Amidu Issahaku Chinnia (right) to commission the water facility. With them are Joseph Frimpong Bonsu (2nd from left), DCE for Asafo Ano South West, and Dr Ismael Ackah (left), Executive Director of PURC. Inset: One of the water installations with its 10,000 liter tank
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has inaugurated and handed over four mechanized boreholes to the people of Hwibaa in the southwestern district of Ahafo Ano in the Ashanti region.
Each of the boreholes is connected to a 10,000 liter water storage tank.
Dubbed “PURC Pro-Poor Water Projects”, the gesture was to commemorate PURC’s 25th anniversary, with the theme: “Protecting the Interests of Consumers and Utility Providers”.
The project was launched in collaboration with the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).
Speaking at the inauguration of the facilities in Hwibaa on Saturday, October 15, PURC Executive Secretary Dr. Ishmael Ackah said this brings to 305 the number of boreholes constructed this year for underserved communities in across the country.
He said the first half of the coming year would also see the construction of 120 more boreholes.
Dr. Ackah noted that PURC, as part of the utility sector reform process to regulate the provision of utilities in the electricity and water sectors, had also taken it upon itself to provide drinking water to the less privileged in society.
Hand washing culture
Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, in a brief remark, said the day coincides with Global Handwashing Day and the government’s goal of promoting a culture of handwashing hands in people to save lives could not be achieved. without water.
“Water is life, sanitation is dignity,” he noted, adding that the commissioning of any water supply project was naturally a joyous occasion as it indicated a commitment to sustainably improving the health and well-being of the community.
On his part, Joseph Frimpong Bonsu, the Chief Executive of Asafo Ano South West District, commended PURC for augmenting the efforts of the government in providing such social amenities to the people.
He gave assurances that the assembly, in conjunction with the traditional authority, would ensure that the facility was put to good use at all times.
The Hwibaahene, Nana Asiedu Barimah, appealed to PURC and other charities to provide the community with toilets to serve the approximately 6,000 residents of Hwibaa and neighboring communities.