Ghana Urban Water completes dredging of Daboase Water Intake Point

The Ghana Urban WaterCompany Limited (GUWCL) has completed removing silt deposited at the Daboase Water Intake Point in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.

We will eliminate pan latrines this year – AMA Boss assures

The Mayor of Accra, Mr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye has assured that in the Accra Metropolitan Assemply’s bid to improve the sanitary conditions of the capital, it will eliminate the use of pan latrines this year.

Bongo farmers want mechanized borehole for irrigation

Bongo-Tankoo Noyine Co-Operative Farmers Society Limited (TANDA), in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region is appealing for support to help mechanize a high yielding borehole for irrigation in the Tankoo community.

NLLAP 30 (Costing Sustainable Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services in Ghana)

The WASH sector Resource Centre Network (RCN) hosted , IRC Ghana and the WASHCost Ghana team, on the successful end of project sharing and also for  the Life Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA) Training  from 29-30 November, 2012 at the  Coconut Grove Regency Hotel (the Banquet hall), Accra. The discussions were led with  presentations from  Dr Catarina Fonseca of IRC international and Dr Kwabena Nyarko of DCE/KUNST.

WASHCost End-of-Project meeting held in Accra.

The WASHCost Ghana End-of-Project meeting has been held in Accra. The meeting was also used as a National Seminar on Life Cycle Cost Approach (LCCA) for sustainable costing for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery. It was under the theme: Costing Sustainable Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services in Ghana.

‘What you don’t cost, you can’t do’ – Ghana WASH coordinator assesses the impact of WASHCost

“If we did not cost something, it did not get done.” That is the blunt assessment of Charlotte Engmann,  from Ghana’s  Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA ), about life before WASHCost.

Have your voice heard, water in the post-2015 development agenda

The water consultation is part of the UN-system led “global dialogue” comprising of 50 - 100 Country Consultations and eleven global Thematic Consultations, among them the one on water. It is co-led by UN-Water, UNDESA and UNICEF.

Teshie Nungua to enjoy clean, safe water

Accra, Nov. 8, GNA – The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group, on Thursday announced supporting an investment to supply 60,000 cubic meters of potable water per day to Teshie Nungua near Accra.

World Vision inaugurates multi-purpose solar mechanised water system at Gonum

Gonum(UE), Nov. 7, GNA- World Vision, an international NGO on Monday inaugurated a multipurpose solar mechanised water system at Gonum in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region at the cost of GH¢ 110,000.

29th NLLAP (Multiple Use Services (MUS) for improved water service delivery in Ghana )

The Resource Centre Network Ghana on Friday 2nd November hosted Dr Patrick Moriaty of IRC International and Mrs Victoria Norbgey of Water health International Ghana Office to share on the multiple use services (MUS) for improved water delivery in Ghana.this event took place at the Erata Hotel in Accra.

Allocation of funds for district level WASH programmes: What is the ideal formula?

What started off as a commonplace lecture-like meeting in the Lira District Council Hall, ended up in a spirited discussion about a variety of issues around the delivery of water services in a decentralisation framework. Conditional grants for water and sanitation; mobile phones for water; as well as Hand Pump Mechanics Associations (HPMAs) were the key issues under consideration.

Ghana WASH sector considering innovative mechanisms to finance Capital Maintenance Expenditure (CapManEx)

IRC Ghana, in conjunction with major stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Ghana, is considering various innovative ways of financing for Capital Maintenance Expenditure (CapManEx) for WASH facilities.

To this end, IRC Ghana, through its WASHCost and Triple S Projects, and in partnership with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) and other stakeholders, has formed a committee to work on the initiative.

IRC launches WASHCost campaign

The Hague / Accra / Ouagadougou, 23 October 2012: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is launching the online WASHCost campaign on the 24th October. WASHCost will promote the life-cycle costs approach which calculates the long-term costs of lasting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services.“The Life-cycle costs approach takes into account all cost elements of building and maintaining WASH infrastructure against the services actually received by users over time”, explains WASHCost Director Catarina Fonseca.”The campaign will be launched with an initial focus on sanitation. Every month we will compile the most relevant findings from the country research for an international audience. The campaign will run until March 2013”.

Parliamentary Committee on Environment to champion biodiversity conservation

From Albert Oppong-Ansah, a GNA Special Correspondent, Hyderabad, India (Courtesy, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat, Global Environmental Facility and Internews)  

Hyderabad (India), Oct. 19, GNA –Three members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment Science and Technology participating in the on-going COP 11 of CBD on Friday said the conference had exposed them to many environmental issues which would help them champion biodiversity conservation

Hand washing with soap: a simple and inexpensive act that saves lives

The second lady of the republic of Ghana, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur has described hand washing with soap as a simple and inexpensive act that saves lives from many deadly diseases, including diarrhea and other related diseases. She said that as a mother, she appreciates the positive impact of hand washing with soap on all people, especially children and women. She added that one woman with a contaminated hand could affect the whole family. She stressed that promoting health and dignity through Hand washing with soap is a sure step to reducing deaths of children especially under five years in Ghana.

E-waste business in Ghana – poor workers dying for a living

The mostly young men in their early 20s and 30s, including some teenagers who work at the Agbogbloshie scrap yard know the risks of dismantling electronics items, like computers, sound systems, and TV sets to extract the copper wires which they sell to make some money, but  they have no choice. For them it is a matter of survival.

Pressures on land, water, energy threaten food security of poorest – Hunger Index

The latest Global Hunger Index says pressures on three key needs of people, land-water-energy, is threatening the food security of the poorest and most vulnerable around the world.

Sachet water producers urged to comply with safety standards

Koforidua Oct. 11, GNA - Mr George Pentsil, the Eastern Regional Officer of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), has expressed concern that many sachet water producers were flouting operating standards, prescribed by the Board.   

Institute for Democratic Governance detests environmental pollution in Ghana

Accra, Oct. 10, GNA- The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), has expressed concern about the incessant pollution of Ghana’s water bodies and land due to uncontrolled exploitation of its natural resources.

Turning waste to gain - The community-led Total Sanitation initiative

A GNA feature by Albert Oppong Ansah Tamale, Oct. 5, GNA - Thanks to the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) intervention, Yong, a predominantly farming community in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality of the Northern Region, has been transformed into a clean environment.

MWRWH Postpones 4th Ghana Water Forum

On behalf of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), the Ghana Water Forum Organizing Committee wishes to announce that the fourth edition of the Ghana Water Forum (GWF4) scheduled for this year, 2012 has been postponed to 2013 due to recent national developments.

Despite Global Slowdown, African Economies Growing Strongly World Bank Urges Countries to Spend Their New Oil, Gas, and Mineral Wealth Wisely

WASHINGTON, October 4, 2012 Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at 4.8 percent in 2012, broadly unchanged from the 4.9 percent growth rate in 2011 and largely on track despite setbacks in the global economy, according to the World Bank s new Africa s Pulse, a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa s economic prospects.

BNAIR introduces students to organic waste composting technologies

Kwabenya (GAR), Oct. 2, GNA –A Plant Research Scientist at the Biotechnology Nuclear Agricultural Research (BNAIR) Institute, has lauded the move to sensitize students to appreciate the need to learn composting technologies to ensure environmental cleanliness on campus.

NLLAP 28 (Framework for Developing Human Resources Capacity in the WASH Sector in Ghana)

The WASH sector Resource Centre Network (RCN) hosted the  Department of Civil Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (DCE-KNUST)/ International Water Association (IWA)/ West Africa Capacity Building Network (WA-Net)/ and WD-MWRWH, to share the Framework for Developing Human Resources Capacity in the WASH Sector in Ghana.

Water and sanitation Journalists Network open Ashanti Region branch

The Ghana Watsan Journalists Network (GWJN), a grouping of journalists with interest in and focus on water, sanitation and hygiene issues, has inaugurated its Ashanti Region branch in the capital city of Kumasi.