The persistent water shortages experienced in four communities in Obuasi will now be a thing of the past following the installation of a water system by mining giant, AngloGold Ashanti.
A brief ceremony was held on Wednesday (22 March), which coincided with this year’s World Water Day. The beneficiary communities: Ntonsua, Bidieso, Creeki, and Kwabrafoso could not hide their joy as this will end the long struggle for the commodity.
They will now be connected to the Jimi Headworks which is responsible for the treatment of water from the Jimi River.
A Senior Manager- Sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, Emmanuel Baidoo reiterated the company’s commitment to tackling sanitation issues in the mining town.
While admitting there are still several communities without access to water, such communities have been captured as a key focus area of AngloGold Ashanti’s 10-year Socio-Economic Development Plan.
He urged the people to adopt a maintenance culture to ensure the facility lasts longer.
The event which was held at Ntonsua got every resident elated. The GHC2.5 million facility will bring to an end the long struggle for water in these communities.
“We remain grateful to AngloGold Ashanti because we will not travel long distances to access safe drinking water again”, a resident said.
A representative of Nana Afrifaa Tokudwum III, Dompoasehemaa, Nana Akwasi Kotei Mfram Ankobeahene of Dompoase highlighted recent developmental projects accomplished by AngloGold Ashanti and urged the people to acknowledge their efforts.
He thanked AngloGold Ashanti for contributing 100 bags of cement for the construction of a car park and the renovation of the palace at Dompoase.
SOURCE: SAMPSON MANU