Residents of Akuapem- Asaman get potable Water having depended on polluted river for centuries Residents of Akuapem- Asaman get potable Water having depended on polluted river for centuries
  Residents of Asaman in the Okere District of the Eastern Region can now heave a sigh of relief following the provision of a... Residents of Akuapem- Asaman get potable Water having depended on polluted river for centuries

 

Residents of Asaman in the Okere District of the Eastern Region can now heave a sigh of relief following the provision of a potable water supply by Plan International Ghana having depended on polluted river for drinking and for domestic activities for centuries.
Residents say they developed various diseases including skin rashes as a result of the polluted water the drink.
Asaman with population of about 1,500 has existed without water for more than a century when ancestors of the community first settled.
Polluted River Adabo,a river which flows through many communities remained the only available source of water for residents.
 The river is constantly  polluted upstreams by both human and domesticated animals due to encroachment.
Some resident in upstream communities such as Nkrukan allegedly dump refuse and dislodge faecal matters into the river making it unsafe for human consumption without treatment but residents of Asaman had no other choice than to drink from the polluted river. 
Children were the most affected in terms of water borne diseases a situation which has affected performance and health  of pupils.
Some residents including the traditional rulers in the community say several efforts made to have the situation addressed by government over the years did not yield any positive result .
The Queenmother of community,Nana Yirenkyi Opatako said ” we have suffered for very long time,we depended on Polluted river full of faecal matter upstream.Our children have been fallen sick as a result “.
Plan International Ghana’s intervention with the provision of borehole water supply Project has ameliorated the plight of the People in the area.
Commissioning the Project Thursday ,the Eastern Regional Manager of Plan International Ghana, Mr.Kofi Adade Debrah stated that, the protracted water crises in the community has affected the performance of school children and their health hence the intervention .
“children in this community have been affected academically,and in terms of health due to the water challenge that has bedevilled this community .This project will end the hassle for potable drinking water by school children who waste learning  time in search for water and also prevent them from falling into the hands of sexual predators” 
The Goal 6 of the sustainable Developement Goals enjoins countries to provide clean water for all by the end of 2030.
However, Mr.Kofi Adade is worried that water coverage in the Eastern region has for the past three years remained stagnant hovering around 57% with 43 % of rural communities in the region without potable drinking water despite increasing populations rate. He urged government to inject enough financial resources into provision of potable drinking water which is an essential neccesity .