|Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL)
|WaterWorX program by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is a fully state-owned utility company responsible for potable water supply to all urban communities in Ghana. This includes industries, commercial, government and domestic customers. GWCL’s yearly production exceeds 310 million a year and employs just over 5,000 staff. The GWCL has initiated various operational improvement in its performance, often based essentially on internally driven reforms.
Unfortunately, access to safe and potable water in urban Ghana is a far cry from the desired situation in which there is water access for all. Currently, water supply coverage in the urban areas of the country around 75%. This means that 25% or about five (5) million people in the urban communities have no access to safe drinking water. In bridging this service gap, GWCL welcomes the WaterWorX peer-to-peer support.
Championed by the Low Income Customer Support Unit, now a full blown department who advocates towards an inclusive water service delivery in which special attention is paid to serving the urban poor and vulnerable, WaterWorX is supporting various water access and operational improvement initiatives.
Since 2019 WaterWorX already funded 3,600 connections in low income communities alongside 34km network extensions. In the next 18 months 2,100 additional subsidized connection will be funded by WaterWorX. These interventions are expected to benefit over 75,000 people directly.
GWCL’s improvement activities which WaterWorX is supporting include among others:
Additionally, with the support of VEI and the European Union, GWCL is now sharing their knowledge on serving low income communities to Guma Valley Water Company, the national water utility responsible for water supply in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
For more information please contact:
Krijn Driessen, Project Manager Ghana