The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) as part of its reformation programme to transform rural communities and small towns' wash sub-sector has deployed a SmartTap technology to improve water operation systems across the country.
The technology, according to the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Agency, Ing. Dr. Worlonyo Kwadjo Siabi will help improve the delivery of safe water to rural communities and small towns and promote water-related sanitation and hygiene practices across the country.
Providing updates on the progress of the deployment thus far at a press briefing in Accra on Sunday, December 11, 2022, the C.E.O said the system has been deployed in 11 regions improving water system operation and reducing congestion in access to potable drinking water.
“We have noticed that because of the numerous challenges we have and the way the world is going, we can no longer be using the manual way of water production and so we have decided to improve water supply, particularly in our rural areas. So we have deployed a number of technologies. We have what we call the SmartTap.
“With this system, we don’t need water vendors to go and sit there to wait and quarrel and when it is not coming there are insults. The system is token-based which is free and depends on how much water you need which helps the communities to manage and plan on how much water they need,” he said.
He said the provision of potable drinking water to rural areas has improved remarkably since the implementation of the Agency’s reform programme. He said prior to the reformation, only 10 per cent of its water infrastructure was functional while a larger percentage of it was broken down.
Other reformation programmes
On the back of this reformation, he said CWSA is currently managing 177 pipe water systems in 150 districts in the 16 regions of the country, implemented 125 water systems across the country and has recruited 1,252 additional staff who are being paid by CWSA from water sales to manage these facilities.
In addition, he noted CWSA has also installed automated pumps and packaged water treatment plants, installed solar energy to reduce operational costs and deployed software internally to manage its operations.
This Ing. Dr. Siabi noted that the reformation programme is helping position the organization as one of the most efficient state enterprises in the country.
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