Ghana needs $1.5bn to meet water supply

Cape Coast, Nov14, GNA - Mr Vitus Azeem, Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, at the weekend said Ghana needed 1.49 billion dollars for the expansion of water supply to the people by the year 2020. He 811 million dollars would be required to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on water in 2015.

World Bank to support Urban Water and Transport Sectors in Ghana

Accra, Nov. 11, GNA – The World Bank has approved 373.3 million dollars to support Urban Water and Transport Sectors in seven regions in the country.

GWCL to close down treatment plant if mining continues in Bonsa River

Tarkwa,  GNA - Authorities of the Ghana Water Company Limited GWCL at Tarkwa  would close down its treatment Plant if illegal miners do not refrain from prospecting for gold in the Bonsa River.

Communal hand washing is not hand washing at all -Peter Serenye

Proper hand washing with soap is said to be the one done under running water. In most public school in Ghana however, the communal form of hand washing has been practiced over the years. According to Mr Peter Serenye, the national coordinator of the Ghana WATSAN journalist network, communal hand washing is not hand washing at all. He made the statement in his presentation at the launch of a documentary made the network as part of activities to mark the global hand washing day which falls on October 15th.

KMA to review its sanitation bye-law

Kumasi, GNA - The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) is to review its health and sanitation bye-laws to give adequate protection to the environment.

Solid waste disposal still a problem in Upper East

Bolgatanga (UE), GNA - Mr. Cletus Asamani, Acting Regional Environmental Health Officer, on Monday said solid waste generated in the urban areas in the Upper East Region was still a problem.

Netherlands Government to restore birim river

Kyebi (E/R), GNA – Government of Netherlands is poised to sustain and restore the deteriorating ecological health of the Birim River Basin.

Young professional from CONIWAS and three others start training at IRC

Wednesday 28th Sept, 2011

A young professional from CONIWAS, Ghana and three others from Bangladesh, Guatemala and Uganda arrived at IRC on Monday 26 September for a one month training programme. This is intended to prepare them for a nine month on- the- job training and field experience in another country and organization.

Ghana inaugurates radioactive waste storage facility

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA - Ghana on Monday positioned itself at the frontiers of science and technology in Africa, by taking the lead to expand and refurbish a radioactive waste storage facility to secure the highly toxic material.

The facility, situated on the precinct of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), was upgraded at the cost of $300,000, made available by the US through its Department of Energy. It would be used as a central storeroom to manage all waste emanating from the utilisation of nuclear technology in Ghana and the Sub-region.

Ghana Water Forum takes place in Accra

The Third Ghana Water Forum took place in Accra from 5th – 7th September 2011 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The forum was organised by the Water Directorate of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) under the theme: “Water and Sanitation Services Delivery in a Rapidly Changing Urban Environment

Acute water shortage hits Sekondi-Takoradi

Residents of Sekondi Takoradi have been battling an acute water shortage for nearly a week. The shortage has badly affected homes, several educational institutions and businesses.

Consumers are unhappy with the Ghana Water Company for not alerting them before closing the taps.

PURC announces increases in electricity, water tariffs

Accra, Aug. 29, GNA- The Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) on Monday announced increases in electricity and water tariffs with effect from September 1, this year.

PURC announces increases in electricity, water tariffs

Accra, Aug. 29, GNA- The Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) on Monday announced increases in electricity and water tariffs with effect from September 1, this year.

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sustainability Charter Making WASH Investments Last… Over 20 Leading WASH Organizations Unite to Launch Sustainability Movement.

Washington, D.C. - Today, more than 20 leading international water and development organizations signed and launched the WASH Sustainability Charter. This Charter is a collaboratively-developed mission and set of guiding principles to advance lasting solutions in water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH).  The Charter is available to read and endorse at

Working for a world free of poverty.

STOCKHOLM, AUGUST 22, 2011   According to a new report released today by
the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) at the World Bank,African countries
that transition to taking a leadership role in safe water and sanitation
service delivery to the millions of people without access have an
unprecedented opportunity to drastically reduce these numbers by 2015.

Royal opening of the 22nd Mole Conference in Busua

Hon. Alban Bagbin, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), officially opened the 22nd edition of the Mole Conference under the distinguished patronage and chairmanship of Nana Kwesi Agyemang IX, the Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove in Busua, Western Region of Ghana on Wednesday August 10, 2011.

22nd Mole Conference discusses decentralised WASH services delivery

The 22nd edition of the longest running annual Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector event in Ghana, the Mole Conference is currently on going at Busua Beach Resort in the Central Region of Ghana. The conference is discussing the theme, ‘‘Towards Decentralized WASH Services Delivery: Challenges and Lessons".

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies (WASHTech) project kick starts in Ghana

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technologies (WASHTech) project, was introduced to a team sector experts forming the project technical working committee by the project Ghana team led by TREND, a National NGO operating in the Water and Sanitation Sector. The project is a three-year EU funded project (FP7), which focuses on technologies for sustainable WASH delivery in Peri-urban, Small Towns and Rural areas.

Only 62% of Ghanaians have access to potable water

The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alban Bagbin, has said that statistics available to him indicate that only 62 percent of the country’s population as at last year had access to potable drinking water.

Kumawu Water Project to Finally Take Off

At long last, Messrs Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited, the Israeli firm contracted to implement the Kumawu, Konongo and Kwahu water projects, has pitched camp at Kumawu to commence work, which is already12 months behind schedule.

Dilapidated KVIP Toilets At Kodie

Residents of Kodie, district capital of the Afigya Kwabre District, are in distress as all the three Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit (KVIP) toilet facilities in the town are posing a health hazard and imminent source of epidemics.

17th NLLAP(The State of Urban Water Management in Ghana: Challenges and Way forward )

The National Learning Alliance platform hosted  the Coalition of NGOs in water and sanitation and the SWITCH project to share views on the current state of urban water management, challenges and way forward. The presentations were smoothed with a panel discussion comprising of NGOs, KUNST, GWCL, NCAP, private sector who shared on specific proposals to improve the management of urban water in Accra. The learning alliance took place on 29th of June 2011, at Coconut Groove regency Accra.

Missing - Proper Toilets for 2.6 Billion

That 2.6 billion people live each day without a proper toilet is shocking. Break that number down, however, and it's even worse. Of these 2.6 billion people, the vast majority live in developing countries, this means that half the people in the developing world do not have a proper toilet. Take into account socio-economic status and the inequalities are worse still: in South Asia, amongst the poorest 40%, only 2 out of 10 households benefit from a safe, clean and dignified place to defecate.

UN Secretary-General launches the “Sustainable Sanitation: Five-Year Drive

United Nations, 21 June 2011—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Ugandan Minister of Water & Environment the Hon. Maria Mutagamba, and His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, today launched the "Sustainable Sanitation: Five-Year Drive to 2015" (, a push to speed up progress on the Millennium Development Goal target of improving global sanitation by 2015.

KMA Declares War On Sanitation Offenders, Drivers

Kumasi — The management of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has declared war on sanitation offenders and drivers of heavy duty vehicles who off-load goods at the Central Business area of Adum during working hours.