Rotary International and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), working in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Accra-Labone, funded the construction of a groundwater-based, piped water supply system for the people of Dokrochiwa Community in Ayensauno District of Ghana’s Eastern Region.
The new groundwater project was completed at project cost of GH¢573, 600 and has a 50,000-liter-capacity elevated concrete water storage tank built to serve some 3,500 community residents. The water from the new system is distributed through a total of 2,300 meters of water transmission and distribution pipelines with five water outlet points (locally called ‘community standpipes‘) located at strategic points across the Dokrochiwa township.
At the commissioning event, the District Governor of Rotary District 9102 Ms. Yvonne Kumoji, said that the water project was part of the Rotary International-USAID Water and Sanitation Project. The provision of potable water is one of the seven focus areas of Rotary International. Ms. Kumoji noted that the Dokrochiwa water system was so far the biggest water project to be undertaken under Rotary International-USAID Water and Sanitation Project in Ghana. Ms. Kumoji added that Rotary International was was very much interested in the welfare of underprivileged communities such as Dokrochiwa. She commended the people of Dokrochiwa for cooperating with Rotary for the construction of the water system.
Chairman of Host Committee of RI-USAID Water and Sanitation Project Mr. Ako Odotei hoped that the water system would help protect community residents from water borne diseases. Mr. Odotei and Ms. Kumoji urged the residents of Dokrochiwa and engineers at Ayensuano District Office to ensure regular maintenance of the water system to ensure it durability. Mr. Odotei recommended the setting up of a committee to manage the water system to ensure that the water system did not break down.
The Vice President of the Rotary Club of Accra-Labone, Mr. Carlis Arko expressed gratitude to the Rotary Foundation for their continued support. “Rotary Foundation is the heart beat of Rotary International where all projects beneficial to the community and the underprivileged are funded, Mr. Arko said.” Mr. Arko commended Jonakot Construction Ltd (contractor) and Superhydro Ltd (consultant), the supervising team and all club members of Rotary Club of Accra-Labone for their respective roles in the timely execution o the project.
The Chief of Dokrochiwa, Berima Nana Kwabena Mensah Opoku Agyeman, joined in commending Rotary International, USAID and the Rotary Club of Accra-Labone. Nana Opoku Agyeman said the water system would help improve health in the community and help alleviate the stress residents endured in accessing water.
Water and sanitation are critical focus areas for Rotary and USAID. The partnership between both organizations does all the way back to 2009. Through this partnership many communities in Ghana have benefitted from water and sanitation projects, including construction of toilet facilities for schools.