Global Communities, on Wednesday June 26 2019, commissioned a Small Town Water System in Tuna, a community with over 80,000 residents, in the Savannah Region of Ghana. This facility was constructed under the USAID-funded WASH for Health project. The event which took place on the Tuna St. Peter Basic School park, was graced with the presence of Keisha Effiom, the Supervisory Regional Contracting Officer of USAID.

The commissioning of the Tuna Water System by Keisha Effiom, the Supervisory Regional
Contracting Officer, assisted by Mr. Lawal Tamimu, the District Chief Executive of Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District

Before the intervention, Tuna had 16 boreholes, most of which dry up during the dry season and were in deplorable states, this led the people to resort to hand-dug wells, streams and dams as their source of water. The facility consist of a Water Board Office, a pump-house, a storage tank and 15 standpipes scattered across the community, including three schools. This new Water System involves the mechanization of two borehole sources that yields a total of 13,800 liters of water per hour; a 12-meter-high-level water storage tank with a capacity of 100,000 liters is situated at the highest point of the community. The positioning of the water storage tank allows water to be distributed under gravity to the 12 public water standpipes situated at strategic locations within the community and the three additional standpipes to three basic schools. The system is mainly powered by the hydro-electricity power and a back-up solar power source. The daily maintenance of the facility will be overseen by a trained Water and Sanitation Management Team (WSMT).

The 100,000 liter-water-capacity elevated storage tank


Dignitaries at the pump-house with back-up solar panel 

The District was also presented with 145 honor certificates to communities who have attained an Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, during the ceremony. A total of 245 communities have been declared ODF. The Global Communities’ WASH team is working tirelessly to assist the whole District attain an ODF status. Another feather in the cup of the District is being attaining the fourth position of the top 10 districts with ODF coverage on the 2018/19 District ODF League Table, from the eighth position last year.

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for WASH for Health giving a speech


With the facility fully functional, it is envisaged that community water supply will be improved, leading to a reduction in WASH related diseases and an increase in the socio-economic status of the community. Global Communities appreciates the support of USAID, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District and all stakeholders for translating the dream of this water system into a reality.


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