Biwater have signed a $272m contract with the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) who represent the Ministry of Sanitation and Water, and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, to construct and expand the water supply infrastructure in Tamale, improving the delivery of drinking water to an estimated 800,000 people in the Northern Region.
Commenting on the contract award, Giles Jackson, Regional Director for Africa, said, “We are delighted to have been entrusted to construct these important works. This project will see the population of Tamale benefit from the construction of a new strategic water supply infrastructure together with network enhancements.”
The scope of works includes the design, construction and commissioning of a new water treatment plant at Yapei, with pumps and transmission pipelines, pumping stations, new district offices, and the installation of dedicated power lines. The plant will provide 135,000 m3/per day of drinking water to Tamale and surrounding areas.
In conjunction with the project, Biwater will also deliver a water asset management program, which will include the expansion of the distribution network, allowing GWCL to connect to new consumers in Tamale.
The Information Minister for Ghana, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said, “This new project is aimed at addressing the supply constraints for Tamale and its surrounding communities as well as achieving the Government of Ghana’s target of water for all by 2030.”
He added, “Water asset management would be improved through the provision and laying of primary distribution network, service connection materials and training of staff.”
Tamale is the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana, and one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. The implementation of this water supply infrastructure will further underpin Tamale’s position as a major commercial hub within the Northern Region.