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Ghana launches $663m sewerage and storm drainage project

12 November 2012

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The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), along with construction firm Conti Infrastructure, has launched a $663m project to improve the sanitary sewerage and storm drainage conditions in nine drainage basins in the city of Accra, Ghana.

The Construction of the Accra Sanitary Sewerage and Storm Drainage Alleviation project is aimed at improving the drainage system in the city, addressing sanitation challenges and controlling perennial flooding, which is an yearly occurrence in the rainy season.

Accra Mayor Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije was quoted by All Africa as saying that, "The inadequate handling of growing amount of refuse, wastewater and other pollutants has resulted in obstructions to drainage, making Accra increasingly susceptible to flash flooding and disaster."

Conti Infrastructure senior project manager Michael Prudente said, "We are excited to be partnering the AMA and the people of Ghana to find long term solutions to drainage and sanitation challenges in the Accra metropolis."

The project work will include restoring operations at the James Town wastewater treatment pPlant, supplement the city's solid waste collection activities and equipments, increasing the number of public toilets available, constructing and restoring new siltation ponds of Korle lagoon, and desilting and covering of the Odaw Basin.

Ghana government sourced the concessionary loan from the Export Import Bank of the United States of America (EXIM Bank) and Standard Chartered Bank to carry out the project.


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