Community-based management of boreholes in the Talensi-Nabdam district in the upper east region, Ghana; problems and solutions

Simon A. Adugbire, Jerry S. Kuma, Raymond S. Suglo, Robert S. Nartey

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The provision of boreholes is the best option for providing reliable and safe drinking water to rural populations in Ghana. Key to the success of these efforts is the proper management of the boreholes by the beneficiary communities. The Talensi-Nabdam District is a beneficiary of 161 boreholes and is currently confronted with problems relating to their management. A study was therefore undertaken to ascertain the problems facing the management of boreholes in the District and to make recommendations on how to deal with them. The findings show that good Community-Based Management of Boreholes (CBMB) hinges on the adequacy and reliability of the boreholes, the use of good quality hand pumps for installation of boreholes and, readily available and affordable spare parts for the maintenance of the hand pumps. Additionally, a commitment of the beneficiaries to use the facility properly and contribute adequately towards its maintenance, the existence of a well-motivated Borehole Users Association equipped with what it takes to be efficient and effective. A good net-working of all stakeholders with political support at the local level is a plus for boreholes management. It is also recommended that Government institutes a policy to District Assemblies where CBMBs exist to set aside a proportion of their Common Fund annually to educate their communities in the areas of water, health and sanitation. Adequate training and periodic refresher workshops of members of the community borehole management committees with the assistance of the District Assemblies should also form part of the education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-653
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Scientific Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010

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