Water infrastructure in Ghana to improve with AfDB grants
14 January 2011
Water infrastructure in Ghana is set to benefit from two separate grants from the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The Water Resources Commission of Ghana will be given the money, with some €1.83 million (£1.5 million) being committed for work that needs to be carried out on the Akosombo and Kpong Dams.
According to the AfDB: "The main outcomes include improved downstream ecosystems … maintained electric power output from the dams and reduced incidence of waterborne disease vectors."
It is hoped once the scheme is complete the documentation from the process will lead to more environmentally-compatible dams in the future.
A further €500,000 has been earmarked for the Design for Re-use project, which will look to enhance the long-term operation and integrity of wastewater and faecal sludge.
Local engineers and planners will also receive the relevant training in reuse-oriented processes.
Ventura Bengoechea, a World Bank water and sanitation expert, recently said improving sanitation is the biggest challenge facing the Ghanaian capital of Accra.