Towards the 80%: sanitation in Ga West
I am really excited about getting the toilet because it is hygienic. With this toilet, I feel dignified.
Key activities in Accra
Increasing finance for municipal sanitation
We’re working with the Ga West district to improve the way taxes are collected, so funds are available and fairly applied to maintain sanitation services systems. On our suggestion, Ga West municipality recently applied a 10% surcharge to property tax to pay for sanitation in the district.
Improving the impact of sanitation regulations
Ghana’s existing sanitation regulations could significantly increase the number of toilets in compounds and households, if they were adequately enforced. WSUP has worked with Environmental Health Department staff to improve their knowledge of regulations relating to sanitation and when to implement them. This in turn gives Environmental Health Officers greater knowledge and more confidence and builds respect for them in the community. All these factors make their work much more effective in improving sanitation.
Working with utilities to improve access to water
A significant number of Accra’s population do not have access to good quality water, mostly in low-income areas. We have a strong relationship with Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and have worked together to form its non-revenue water unit. This monitors water that’s wasted through leaks or stolen from the network, and ultimately through reducing losses, provides badly-needed water to more customers. The water company also generates more income by selling this water on, helping to provide a better service and extend its systems.
The Low-Income Customer Support Unit of Ghana Water I lead today was created under the direct influence of WSUP. The creation of the unit has given Ghana Water a more focused direction to better serve low-income consumers to increase access to drinking water. WSUP continually provides technical support to the unit without which it would have been difficult for the unit to meet such needs.
Key partners in Accra
Ga West Municipal Assembly is responsible for the administration and waste disposal services of Ga West, one of ten districts in Accra.
Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is mandated to provide water supply systems to major towns in Ghana.