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Minister advocates harvesting of rain water for domestic use


Accra - Nii Armah Ashietey, Greater Accra Regional Minister has urged stakeholders in the water sector to develop strategies for harvesting rain water for agricultural and domestic use.
Nii Ashietey said this when addressing the opening session of stakeholders consultative workshop of the Sector Strategic Development Plan (SSDP) for the water sector in Accra on Tuesday.
He said the workshop sought to chart a way forward on issues regarding the water sector and how best the country could prioritize and effectively finance the water sector to ensure increasing access as well as effectively managing the resource.
Nii Ashietey said the workshop was timely as the country and development partners worked towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets, government had to ensure that the citizenry had access to potable water and sanitation services, essential for human dignity and economic development.
He noted that it was government’s priority and policy to ensure the provision of potable water in acceptable quality and sufficient quantities to satisfy the socio-economic needs of the citizenry.
Nii Ashietey announced that Government and its development partners had embarked on reforms for improving services in the water sector since the 1980s to establish a framework for decentralised management while improving the capacity of central government institutions to facilitate and channel technical assistance to local governments. 
He noted that reforms such as the creation of Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) for rural water delivery; Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) for urban water; and the Water Resources Commission (WRC) had all supported the decentralisation framework. 
Mr Atta Arhin, Project Manager for Improvement of Water Sector Performance Management Framework said the workshop was to solicit stakeholder inputs for developing SSDP for the water sector in the country owned by key sector stakeholders. 
He noted that the specific objectives of the SSDP was to increase the national water coverage rate from 58.98 per cent in 2009 to 80 per cent in 2015 and 100 per cent in 2025 as well as increase rural and small towns water coverage from 58.97 per cent in 2009 to 76 per cent in 2015 and 100 per cent in 2025.
Mr Arhin explained that SSDP was to guide the water sector in the planning, development and management of the nation’s water resources and delivery of domestic water supply services.
He said the consultative fora would be expected to facilitate a broad based national process of dialogue and consultation that would ensure that stakeholders in the water sector were adequately informed about and involved in the development of the plan.

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