Borehole drinking water project in Ghana funded by China

A $12 million grant from China will be used to develop a series of boreholes to supply drinking water to 300,000 people in rural Ghana...

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A $12 million grant from China will be used to develop a series of boreholes to supply drinking water to 300,000 people in rural Ghana.

The grant from the People’s Republic of China will be used to construct 1000 boreholes in rural communities and small towns in the Brong Ahafo, Northern, Western, Eastern, Upper East and Volta regions.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in Ghana capital city, Accra, by the country’s minister of finance, Seth Terkper and the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Sun Baohong.

Terkper reportedly said: “We know that China has come out very strongly in the last 30 years and you’re an example to many middle income countries in Africa and we want to follow a similar path of development.”

Earlier this year the Accra seawater desalination plant was inaugurated by Abengoa in Ghana to supply 60,000 m3/day (read WWi story).

To be implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, feasibility work for the 1000 borehole project was conducted over a year ago with construction expected to start soon.

It is hoped that the project will help the communities to reduce water-borne diseases.

Earlier this year a drinking water pipeline project was signed between Ghana and Togo (read WWi story).

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