SCARCITY IN THE MIDST OF ABUNDANCE: THE WATER PARADOX IN KROBO.


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THE CASE OF ASINƐSI
Thursday April 27, 2017
The Krobo region is a “powerhouse” for two water treatment plants– The Kpong and Bukunor Water Treatment Plants.
 However, water is a scarce commodity on Krobo soil. Even in the municipal capitals of Odumase, Somanya and Asesewa, water hardly flows in taps, sometimes continuosly for months.The water that are treated in Kpong and Bukunor are supplied to some parts of Accra, Koforidua, Nsawam and other areas.
In many of the rural areas in Krobo, citizens struggle with animals to access water. Many of these sources of water which we drink from are too polluted and infected. Too dehumanizing. And too contaminated.
One of these villages is Asinɛsi (and its sorrounding villages), a neglected farming community located North-East of Somanya, the Municipal Capital of Yilo-Krobo.
In Asinɛsi, water is a very scarce commodity. They only have a small stream as their only source of drinking water. This water, feeds the about 1000 people in the village.
They share the water with animals. Dead Leaves, carcasses, dead animals and other creatures fall into it all the time.
During the raining season where the rain falls frequently, the water turns muddy. Anytime it rains, the colour of the stream turns very brown. When fetched, the water becomes very thick with debris, and it becomes stinky and smelly. This is what they fetch home for domestic consumption since they have no other alternative for water. No well. No borehole.
In the harmattan, this stream virtually dries up. And the community members have to wake up at 2 am every day to struggle and get some water home. Sometimes, they have to dig the bed of the stream to scoop out water. The community is rocky, so the water bed is also rocky and scooping out water in the harmattan period becomes a herculean task. This is the situation at Asinɛsi a rural comunity in Krobo, an area that always boasts of two important water treatment plants.
ASSEMBLY MAN OF THE AREA
Isaac Tetteh Amanor, the Assembly member of the Asinesi Electoral area tells Kloma Hengme, the Krobo advocacy and Heritage association, that he has tried several times to draw the attention of government (The MP and MCE of Yilo-Krobo) to the plight and woes of the people of Asinɛsi in terms of their water situation but that did not yield any result.
”Before the Party Primaries last year, we were promised of two boreholes at Asinɛsi. After the primaries, we did not hear of anything from them. I followed up and I was told I must wait after the 2016 general elections. Now they are telling me the bad nature of the road will prevent workers to take materials there to construct the bore hole for us. This is the situation we are now. We are still waiting”.
STATISTICS
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 1.1 billion people rely on unsafe drinking water sources in developing countries, and that, the lowest drinking water coverage rates are in Sub-Saharan Africa (58 percent)
Water-related health problems, according to the World Health Organization, kill more than 5 million people annually with infants the most affected.
In most cases, majority of the people living in the rural areas depend on sources which are contaminated and also susceptible to water-borne diseases.
There is the need to create the political will, patnerships and resources to manage water to help reduce to the barest minimum, water-borne diseases with the attendant consequences on socio-economic.
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Credit to : Kloma Hengme Association
Story
Evans Kwaku Oboafi junior
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