Many communities in Ghana have access to good pipe born drinking water; however, that is not the case for Mpasaaso No2, the second largest community of Ahafo Ano South West district of the Ashanti Region.
Mpasaaso No2 has a population of about 5,000 people and classify as minerals community apart from large scale of farm activities within its enclave.
The residents of Mpasaaso, mainly farmers, traders and government workers have been subjected to various hardships over the years due to the lack of potable drinking water in the community.
Residents have to buy sachets water from producers daily and private tanks in order to go about their daily duties and household chores.
Those who cannot afford these private water supplies have to walk several hours to a River that comes from a rock but spend more than four hours there before they can even fetch two gallons of water before going to their work places or schools.
Madam Asana Yakubu, a teacher at the Mpasaaso D/A primary school, in an interview with Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame said, students spent more time to fetch water from the rock side, thereby affecting their work outputs in school.
She said students had to queue for water and that made most of them late for school and while others also slept during lessons due to fatigue from fetching water.
Mr Matthew Anokye also said that privately owned water tanks were expensive with the small bucket being sold for 50 pesewas whiles the big pan went for Ghc 1.
That, he said, made many families who could not afford to resort to go to work without taking a bath.
The newly elected Assembly Member for Mpasaaso No2 Hon Charles Opoku alias Burgar told Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame that the unhygienic state of the water that comes from the rock had been the cause of many health conditions in the Mpasaaso Township.
He said most common water borne diseases include typhoid fever and other skin infections.
He said because the township lacked potable drinking water, most workers, especially teachers and nurses refused posting to the area.
A visit to the riverside by this reporter revealed that the people walk between 15 and 20 minutes to fetch water and some group of women and children confirmed that each person fetched two to four buckets or pans every morning.
This means that people used an average of one to two hours to fetch water daily in Mpasaaso No2.
This sequence of activity will lead to low performance in schools as well as low productivity in the town.
Source; Akwadaa Nyame (Silver Fm)