EPA asks stakeholders to collaborate for water quality in Brong-Ahafo

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Directorate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for collaboration with stakeholders in ensuring environmental best practices for the early detection of any change in water quality in the Region.

Ghanaians should commend government for sanitation initiatives – MCE

The Effutu Municipal Chief Executive, Nii Ephraim, has expressed the need for Ghanaians to commend the government for recognising the importance of sanitation as one of its priorities.

Acute water shortage hits Funsi

An acute water shortage has hit Funsi, the district capital of the Wa East disrupting economic and social activities of workers and the inhabitants.

Third announcement IRC symposium 2013

We are very excited that the “Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium” is right around the corner—seven weeks away to be exact! In this third announcement, we share with you the draft programme for the event. Want to know what will be discussed during the topic sessions? Curious to know more about extra sessions and side events? Read the up-to-date topic descriptions and information on all sessions.

WASH stakeholders host First RLLAP in Tamale

Stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the Northern Region have met to establish a quarterly multi-stakeholder learning and sharing platform, the Regional Level Learning Alliance Platform (RLLAP), in Tamale. This is to promote vibrant regional WASH sector dialogue through reflective sharing of ideas, experiences and best practices, and to synchronise project activities and initiatives for efficient service delivery

Achieving water security: global concerns and local realities, Overseas Development Institute, 06 February 2013

ODI together with WaterAid and IRC is pleased to invite you to a launch event, seminar and photo exhibition on Achieving water security: global concerns and local realities, to be held at ODI on 6th February 2013, 5.15 - 6.45 pm.

We need innovation in water, sanitation management – World Bank specialist

Dr Beatrix Allah-Mensah, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank, Tuesday said institutional arrangements, approaches and methodologies for  developing, use and management of water and sanitation services needed to be looked at again so as to factor in gender and household–based elements.

Open defecation said to be costing Ghana $79m per year

Professor Chris Gordon, Director, Institute of Environment and Sanitation, University of Ghana, Legon, on Tuesday said open defecation cost Ghana $79 million per year, where as it would require less than one million latrines to eliminate the practice.

Developing countries need laws on plastics disposal – Dr Ahenkorah

Dr Alfred Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, on Wednesday tasked developing countries to promulgate laws on the disposal of plastics and electronic waste.

Ghana starts $595m Accra sewage project

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday said the attitude of dumping garbage into gutters and drains was not only a health threat, but an impediment to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal on sanitation

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.