Prepaid Meters Collapsing Small Town Water Systems

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The Association of Small Towns Water Supply Systems-Ghana
have bemoaned that the use of prepaid Meters are collapsing their businesses.

Speaking in an interview with Suncity Radio’s Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku
at a meeting organized by the association in Sunyani, the Executive Secretary
of Association Small Towns Water Supply Systems-Ghana, Mr. Issah Ahmed appealed
to the government to go to their aid.

He stated that all small water systems in the country will
collapse if care is not taken.
“Small town water supply systems are essential service to
the rural-poor. And that the introduction of prepaid meters will collapse the
systems. We are not getting the revenue to pump water for consumers. The government
did not agree to allow Ghana Water Company use prepaid meters so why Small town
systems,” he queried.
He therefore appealed to the government for postpaid meters.
Mr. Issah Ahmed further stated that the Community Water and Sanitation
Agency (CWSA), is using illegal means to recruit people to replace system
managers, accountants and revenue collectors.
“Some members of the Association of small towns water
systems have been working for more than 15 to 18-years with communities. We
heard recently that the Community Water and Sanitation Agency is recruiting
people to replace system managers, accountants and revenue collectors. They
have not interacted with the communities and have opened an online application
for people to apply. At least they should have held meetings with us to find
out any problems,” he posited.
The Association said they have started recruiting people
from Upper West, Part of Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Region without their concern
and have asked them to reapply.
He disclosed that the Community Water Sanitation Agency
(CWSA) does not have the capacity, the know-how, the needed skills needed and
management competencies or foresight to manage the most challenging water
system known by the Association.
Mr. Issah Ahmed said management team members have agreed to
petition the government to register their displeasure.
The association contended that what community water is doing
is illegal.
The meeting was attended by 35 system managers and 29 board

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

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