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Operation and maintenance of small towns water supply systems in Ghana

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:09 authored by Alexander Obuobisa-Darko, Simon E. Asimah
The Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of small towns water supply systems have been neglected in the past in Ghana. This has affected the functionality of many water supply systems and impacted negatively on the well-being of beneficiary communities. There is the need to redefine the roles and responsibilities of the various actors involved in operation and maintenance. The government, because of heavy financial burdens and efficiency problems, is gradually changing its role of “provider of services” to that of “facilitator of processes”. Communities, therefore, have increasing responsibilities, not only in the operation and maintenance of their water supply schemes, but also in the financial management of these systems. Some experiences and best practices that have been learned are shared and recommendations made to enhance O&M.



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OBUOBISA-DARKO, A. and ASIMAH, S.E., 2008. Operation and maintenance of small towns water supply systems in Ghana. IN: Jones, H. (ed). Access to sanitation and safe water - Global partnerships and local actions: Proceedings of the 33rd WEDC International Conference, Accra, Ghana, 7-11 April 2008, pp. 206-211.


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