Sanitation and Waste Management
The management of waste in the Dormaa Municipality is far from the desired situation. The disposal of both solid and liquid waste including human excreta, storm water and household refuse are poorly carried out. Several tonnes of refuse are heaped in urban communities like Dormaa Ahenkro, Wamfie, Wamanafo ands Nkrankwanta.
Though some households bury or burned their refuse, about 90% of households use the open surface system for their waste disposal. It is a common practice for people in most communities to defecate in the gush (“free range”) mainly due to lack of access to convenient toilet facility. Some are poor to pay for the user fees charged in the communities where toilet facilities are provided.
Where toilet facilities are provided by either by households or the Municipality Assembly, there is no problem of timely and regular disposal of human excreta due to the reliability of the only septic emptier in the Municipality.The Municipal Assembly has also acquired land in Dormaa Ahenkro as a final disposal site for both liquid and solid waster generated in the town.In an effort to improve upon access to potable water, the District Assembly has collaborated with a number of development partners. They include the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), Community-Based Rural Development Project (CBRDP) (formerly Village Infrastructure Project – VIP) and the Catholic Secretariat among others.
The Municipal Health Management Team has also complimented these efforts by education people on how to keep water sources clean and safe. They also assist in detecting and treating water-borne diseases. Community ownership and management of water facilities is also being vigorously promoted to ensure their sustainability.
Water and Sanitation Committees (WATSANS) have been formed in communities that have benefited from the provision of some form of water facility especially boreholes are trained and provided with basic tolls and equipment carry out regular servicing and repairs of their facilities. Most communities in the district do not also have any proper drainage system. The inadequacy of proper household and community drains has led to the presence of stagnant water in residential areas giving rise to breeding of mosquitoes and massive erosion of the built environment.
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