The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah has revealed that the introduction of prepaid maters dubbed ‘smart pay’ by Community Water and Sanitation Authority (CWSA) has curtailed water wastage formally associated with CWSA’s water points across its operating areas.
The minister hinted of her ministry’s intentions to adopt the pay as you fetch approach at all public stand pipes including those of the Ghana Water Company Limited to minimise if not to eradicate water wasting by households, which goes a long way to affect the country in the distribution process of portable water.
The Sanitation and Water Resources Minister in her address at opening ceremony of the 32nd edition of the annual Mole Conference Series in the Ashanti Region explained that the smart meter has designed in a way that anyone who goes to the water point can fetch water according to his or her strength.
“If one has Ghc1 on his or her smart meter (a card with a micro chip embossed in it) he or she will be served accordingly.
You just place your card on it, state the amount of water you want and after it has been discharged, the system will automatically shut down.” This is how the smart pay works she emphasised.
According to her the introduction of the smart pay meters is also to remove the barriers which prevent prompt accessibility water at end point where vendors lock out the facility and open it at his or her will
Again the latest innovation will be more easier for the Ghanaian consumer, as well as to help channel water that would have been wasted to communities who eagerly need them for domestic use.
She opined that though Ghana is endowed with a about 52 cubic meters of water, there is the need to protect and safeguard it for future generations.
The Minister was, however, worried that with all the destruction, and dangers associated with illegal mining aka galamsey to Ghana’s water bodies, people are still burnt on practicing it sometimes very close or inside the river bodies.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH/inghananews.com