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Finance for long-term sustainability of small towns piped water services: the case of Ghana

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:11 authored by John Nedjoh, Harold Esseku
Financing of small towns piped water services is critical to ensure the long term sustainability of the services provided. Tariff determination details have been outlined in the national guidelines for small towns water delivery. However, a study on a number of the systems in Ghana indicates strong emphasis on funds generation mainly through the sale of water without corresponding attention to efficient and effective management of the funds for long-term sustainability. Some small towns piped water services barely break even and struggle to reach their design life. There is then a sharp decline in service level due to their inability to expand/upgrade their capacity to meet growing demand for from increasing populations. The authors have explored the evolution of post-project financing and have identified a serious gap in keeping a capital maintenance/replacement fund. Refocusing on efficient financial management and transparent governance systems for judicious utilisation of the funds is recommended.



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NEDJOH, J. and ESSEKU, H., 2016. Finance for long-term sustainability of small towns piped water services: the case of Ghana. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all: Proceedings of the 39th WEDC International Conference, Kumasi, Ghana, 11-15 July 2016, Briefing paper 2514, 7pp.


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