UK based water treatment company, Biwater, is set to construct and expand the water supply infrastructure in Tamale, Ghana – after signing a US$272m contract with the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).
GWCL representative of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water, and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, awarded the contract for the improvement in the delivery of drinking water to an estimated population of 800,000 people.
Commenting on the contract award, Biwater Regional Director for Africa, Giles Jackson said, “We are delighted to have been entrusted to construct these important works. This project will see the population of Tamale benefit from the construction of a new strategic water supply infrastructure together with network enhancements.”
The scope of works includes the design, construction and commissioning of a new water treatment plant at Yapei, with pumps and transmission pipelines, pumping stations, new district offices, and the installation of dedicated power lines. The plant will provide 135,000 cubic meters per day of drinking water to Tamale and surrounding areas.
In conjunction with the project, Biwater will also deliver a water asset management programme, which will include the expansion of the distribution network, allowing GWCL to connect to new consumers in Tamale.
The Information Minister for Ghana, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the new project is aimed at addressing the supply constraints for Tamale and its surrounding communities as well as achieving the Government of Ghana’s target of water for all by 2030.
“Water asset management would be improved through the provision and laying of primary distribution network, service connection materials and training of staff,” he added.
Tamale – the capital city of the Northern Region of Ghana is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, and the implementation of the water supply infrastructure will advance its position as a major commercial hub within the Northern Region of Ghana.