Water for each Ghanaian reduces from 110 barrels to 48 daily

Ghana's water availability figure of about

40,000 barrels for each person a year in

1960, going by Food and Agriculture

Organisation (FAO) figures, has dwindled to

about 10,178 barrels annually in 2013.

This means there has been a whopping

reduction of about 60 per cent of water that

is available to every Ghanaian in the spate of

53 years.

The reduction also translates from 110

barrels daily for each person as pertained in

1960 when the population was 6.5 million, to

48 barrels in 2013, if the available water in

the country were to be shared equally among

the about 25 million current Ghanaian


These revelations were made by Mr Minta A

Aboagye, a former Director of Water at the

Water Directorate of the Ministry of Water

Resources, Works and Housing in Accra last

week Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

Speaking at the launch of the first ever Ghana

WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Awards

whose first edition is slated for 2014, Mr

Minta Aboagye said the most worrying aspect

of the situation was what it would be in the

next 35 years (in 2050), when Ghana's

population is projected to have hit 40


"By then if the phenomenon of climate

change has not wreaked havoc and our

annual renewable water remains the same,

the yearly per capita water availability will

diminish to only 1,330m3 or 292,600

gallons," he said.

According to Mr Aboagye, when that happens

the daily rationing that would be available to

each Ghanaian would be 3.64m3 or just 801

gallons a day equivalent to about 18 barrels.

"This is a frightening situation considering

the fact that currently the country is

classified as water-stressed," the former

Director of Water said.

Importance of WASH Awards

Relating the country's dire water situation to

the significance of the awards, Mr Aboagye

said; "Indeed we all know the causative

issues. The trees that provide forest cover

and play an essential role in the hydrological

cycle in the replenishment of our water

resources has and are still being decimated

with nonchalant abandon, while the land

itself which is the recipient of the rains that

run off to fill our streams, rivers and lakes is

seriously violated with all forms of

degradation, thus affecting our sources of

water supply.

"We all pretend nothing is happening, turn

our eyes the other way, then throw up our

hands in despair as if nothing can be done

about it and keep complaining to ourselves.

But the situation can be reversed through our

own initiatives and efforts, individually and

collectively. And those who champion the

cause of the reversal must be recognised and

celebrated in order to sustain the process and

to serve as a beacon of hope for the future,"

he stated.

Regarding Sanitation, Mr Aboagye said

although the challenges were daunting there

was the need to find credible ways of

motivating innovators and those whose

policies had given a boost to ensuring clean

and hygienic environment.

The WASH Awards

The Ghana WASH awards have been instituted

by the Ghana Country Water Partnership

(GCWP), the local chapter of the Global Water

Partnership (GWP) , an organisation founded

in 1996 by the World Bank, the United

Nations Development Programme (UNDP),

and the Swedish

International Development Cooperation

Agency (SIDA), to foster integrated water

resource management (IWRM).

According to Chairman for GCWP, Mr Nii Boi

Ayibotele, the awards is aimed at recognising

the contributions made so far in the WASH

sector, in order to motivate and promote

innovative interventions to tackle the

challenges in the sector.

It is also meant to showcase the role the

private sector is playing by forging

partnerships among themselves and with

government to achieve results.

The annual awards would recognise

individuals, organisations, academicians,

research scientists; organised groups, non-

governmental organisations as well as the

media among others, for their innovative

roles in advancing WASH in the country.

Selection for the awards would be based on

nominations, which would be vetted by a

purposely selected committee that would

serve as a jury.

Mr Ayibotele however said the actual

component of the awards would be

determined by a committee that would be

put together to set out the criteria and plan

the event.

Myjoyonline reported

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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