Ken Ofori-Atta revealed that the Government spent GHc836.82 on free water at the peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Free water Strategy commenced from April 2020 to June 2021 to help local customers. The Finance Minister said that 10 million inhabitants were supplied with clean water by the Ghana Water Company Limited.
While Delivering the Mid-year budget statement, Ken Ofori said, “Mr. Speaker, as part of the government’s social interventions for the supply of free water under the Covid-19 initiatives, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources partnered Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) and the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) to ensure the full realization of the objective. The program started in April 2020 and was supposed to have ended in December 2020. However, the government decided to extend it to June 2021 for domestic customers whose monthly consumption does not exceed five cubic meters.”
“In all, over ten million dwellers were supplied with potable water by GWCL from April to December 2020. Currently, a total of over 2.30 million urban domestic dwellers whose monthly consumption does not exceed five cubic meters are benefitting from the programme. The cost of the programme to date is GHc836.82 million,” he stated.