43% of rural Communities in Eastern region depend on polluted water -CWSA  43% of rural Communities in Eastern region depend on polluted water -CWSA
43% of rural communities in Eastern region lack access to potable drinking water hence depend on polluted water bodies for consumption which is inimical...  43% of rural Communities in Eastern region depend on polluted water -CWSA

43% of rural communities in Eastern region lack access to potable drinking water hence depend on polluted water bodies for consumption which is inimical to the health of the affected population .
According to the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) , Eastern region has the lowest rural potable water coverage among the ten regions of Ghana ,falling bellow the national regional average of 65% and far from that of Upper West Region which has the highest coverage of 79.3%.
The deficit is too huge that,the region may missed the goal 6 of the sustainable development goal which enjoins countries to ensure access to portable water and sanitation for all by 2030.
“This region is  currently the least served in terms of rural water supply .We have 57% coverage and that is the least coverage in the country ,that means 43% of the rural population do not have access to Potable water and looking at the rural population of this region  that is a very high figure and it is disturbing and looking at the deficit ,we may missed the SDG goal 6 “.He said.
This was disclosed  by the  Eastern Regional Director of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), Ing. Gilbert Amoah Ayamgah during the commissioning of two Mechanised boreholes constructed by Plan International Ghana at Mintakrom and Amahi – Nkwanta in the Akuapem North Municipality of the Eastern region.
Mr.Ayamgah told Environmental News Agency ,the 57% of the rural communities provided with potable water in the region however facing challenges of frequent breakdown of boreholes and underground water shortage particularly during the dry seasons.
The Eastern Program Unit Manager of Plan International Ghana,Kofi Adade Debrah stated that, access to potable water is crucial to human health,child protection and equal opportunities for children hence government must fix  potable water deficit in the region.
He postulated that ,most school children in communities without access to potable water waste school hours roaming for water exposing them to several dangers  hence the construction of the Ghc107,000  mechanised boreholes for the two communities  which form part of a €1 million integrated Water ,Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH ) project seeking to reduce mortality by 50% in 20 rural communities in the Eastern and Volta regions within 3 year period.
The Chief of Amahi -Nkwanta ,Nana Asamoah Chartey said, the provision of the potable water will help to eradicate Guinea worm infestation which used to characterize the community dependence on polluted river .
Source :enaghana.com