Government has increased urban water coverage from 58 per cent to 63 per cent representing a five per cent increase over the last four years.
This is against an increase by two per cent from 2001 to 2008.
Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, disclosed this during the sod cutting ceremony of the Wa Water Supply Project by President John Dramani Mahama at Jambusi in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region.
He said Government’s target was to increase urban water coverage by 85 per cent by the end of its mandate and that the Wa Urban Water expansion project would help in the achievement of such objective.
He said the water demand for the Wa Municipality stood at 2.5 million gallons a day but currently only 300,000 gallons was being generated per day creating a deficit of 2.3 million.
Alhaji Dauda said in addition 10 boreholes would be rehabilitated while nine new ones would be drilled for various communities in the municipality.
He said after these projects had been completed, it would increase the 300,000 gallons of water generated daily in the municipality to 700,000 per day.
Alhaji Dauda said another 10 small town water systems would be drilled soon in various communities, noting that all these interventions would help reduce the 2.3 million water deficit to 1.8 million.
He commended the President for showing so much interest in the Wa Water Supply Expansion Project which aided its realisation.
He also commended the chiefs of the area for releasing land for the project.
Dr Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Upper West Regional Minister, appealed to the people to trust in the President and his Government and give him and his ministers the maximum support to enable them to deliver on their campaign promises. GNA