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General News Fri, 15 Jan 1999

Behenase now enjoys clean drinking water

Behenase (Ashanti), 15 Jan. '99 -

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The Bosomtwe-Atwima- Kwanwoma District Assembly has earmarked 320 million cedis from its share of the common fund for this year for the sinking of 20 boreholes in a number of communities in the district. Mr I. K. Nyame, Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District Chief Executive, said it is the determination of the assembly to ensure that all communities in the district are adequately provided with hygienic sources of drinking water by 2000. Mr Nyame made the announcement yesterday at Behenase when he commissioned a 16 million-cedi borehole constructed by the assembly with funding from its share of the common fund. The community contributed 500,000 cedis towards the project. The DCE stated that once the project is completed, the borehole becomes the property of the community which must be responsible for its maintenance. In this regard, Mr Nyame urged the community to select people for training at the Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Unit at Kuntanase, near Kumasi, in the repair and maintenance of the borehole, while taking steps to open a bank account in support of its maintenance. Mr Paul Addai, Behenase Unit Committee Secretary, commended the assembly for its "sensitivity to the plight of the community", adding that the inhabitants will now be saved the trouble of having to fetch their drinking water from ponds and other unhygienic sources. Mr Addai reminded the inhabitants that the provision of such amenities by the assembly depends on revenue and asked them to reciprocate the gesture by honouring their tax obligations promptly.

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