Accessing water for domestic use: the challenges faced in the Ga West Municipality, Ghana

Yvonne Adjakloe, University of Cape Coast

This paper investigates the various challenges people face in their quest to access water for domestic use. Three communities were randomly selected in the Ga West Municipality in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Questionnaires were administered to 246 households and 29 respondents were interviewed from water supply companies and other opinion leaders. Issues investigated included the main sources of domestic water, distance from the source of water to the home, mode of transporting water to the home and the cost involved in the purchasing of water. The results show that the major challenges in accessing water in the district were distance from the home to the water source, monetary cost of water which was considered expensive, and the mode of transportation which was mainly head-porterage. It is recommended that households harvest rainwater in larger quantities and invest in large storage tanks into which water could be stored for use.

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