The water systems in the Manya Krobo District consist mainly of pipe-borne water, boreholes, hand-dug wells and streams. The table 1.1c5 below shows the major sources of water, along with the corresponding percentage of the District population that utilizes each source:
Source: Field Survey, 2006
The data collected reveals that as many as 76.8% of the people depend on pipe borne water. This is a true reflection of the urban population living in the District capital, Akuse, Kpong and Okwenya. It has to be noted, however, that the supply of potable water in these communities is highly inadequate. The reticulation system that supplies most of these towns is obsolete. The pipes were laid many years ago and are now very rusty and small in diameter.
Regarding pipe borne water, public stand pipes in the District are no longer functioning. Individual connect to their houses and sell to the general public. The system has not been expanded to match the increase in population. However, apart from the four mentioned settlements, all other communities depend on non-potable sources. All those in the middle belt and upper sector of the District mainly depend on boreholes and wells with some minority still relying on streams which are usually not safe.
The predominant form of liquid waste disposal in the District is the household open latrine, especially in the rural areas. In the villages, each house has its own pit latrine. This is possible due to the “husa system” being practiced in the District. In the urban areas, pan latrines were common, but with the government discouraging their use, water closets and KVIP toilets are becoming common in recent times.
Date Created : 11/26/2017 3:01:26 PM