The Central Tongu District Chief Executive has said the poor road network in the area has hampered efforts to extend potable water to residents of Mafi Akukorkpo, a village in the Volta Region, where everyone, drinks muddy water.
Thomas Moore Zornyar said efforts to drill a borehole and provide a water tank to the community have all hit a snag because of the poor roads leading to the community.
“That is the situation I inherited. I visited the community and saw it for myself and decided to solve the problem. Connecting people with water is not a month or two’s job. There are things you have to do,” explained to Joy News' Joseph Opoku Gakpo.
Mafi Akukokpo is a community in a crisis where the people are in dire need. They have no access to potable water source, so all of them drink from a small dugout of muddy water.
When Joy News visited the village, it discovered that the residents on a daily basis, walk for 15 minutes or more to get to the nearest water source.
But the water is unclean, brownish, muddy, and as thick as porridge; sticks and tree branches make the water clearly unusable.
Felicia Aziedorme, a mother of four, says the water she fetches to do her daily household chores, is actually mud.
But she and her family drink it like that without any form of treatment. For them, they are grateful they at least they have some water to rely on to stay alive.
“We drink the water, bath with it, cook with it, and wash with it. We do not have any other water source around here," she told the Joy News reporter.
According to her, she and her family drink it like that without any form of treatment. For them, they are grateful they at least they have some water to rely on to stay alive.
“We drink the water, bath with it, cook with it, and wash with it. We do not have any other water source around here," she said.
Assembly member for the area Julius Karl Fieve told Joy News the community feels it has been neglected by governments for far too long.
“The water situation is very worrying," the frustrated man said.
"We do not have electricity. Even clean water too, we don’t have. Are we not part of Ghana?” he quizzed.
But responding to the development, the DCE said the Assembly is committed to helping resolve the community’s concerns.
“When I visited the place and saw the situation, we awarded a contract for a borehole to be drilled for the village in the interim. Unfortunately, the rig couldn’t access the place.
"The road is bad and muddy and such a heavy truck couldn’t go there,” the DCE said.
According to him, his office is doing all it can to make the roads accessible so water can be extended there.
“After assessing the place that the truck cannot go, we procured a tank for the community and even awarded the road to be constructed there for at least a water tanker to send water there. But sadly, we couldn’t work on the road because it was muddy,” he said.
“So during the dry season, a grader will cut the road to the place. We will then send a tank which we have already procured for them to supply them with water,” the DCE explained.