The Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area (GKMA) Sanitation and Water Project has organized a three-day training workshop in Sanitation Technology and Faecal Sludge Management for 81 project officers from the Eight Assemblies in Greater Kumasi to prepare them for the implementation of household toilet construction and offsite sanitation facilities management under the Project.
The participants, which include field engineers, environmental health, Community Development and Project Officers, were taken through topics such as the sanitation service chain, onsite toilet technologies including the biodigester toilet, faecal sludge quantification and characterization as well as faecal sludge treatment, disposal and reuse options.
The participants were also allowed to make presentations from their group discussions on various topics, including Citywide Faecal Sludge Management, Sanitation Systems and Biodigester Construction.
The feedback from participants of the training revealed that the training would have a direct impact on how they supervise the Sub Project Implementers (SPIs) who will be constructing household toilets for beneficiaries in the various communities within the eight Assemblies.
They also expressed their appreciation to the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, World Bank, and the Project Coordinating Unit for putting together the workshop.
The facilitators of the training were renowned sanitation experts from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Beek Consult.
The GKMA Sanitation and Water Project is a sequel to the very successful Greater Accra Metropolitan Area(GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project which is expected to provide at least 30,000 household toilets and 120 school and health care sanitation facilities. Under its water supply component, the Project will support improvements and extension of the water distribution network in GKMA by laying 120 km of pipeline with 10,000 new household connections to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) water system.
The beneficiary Assemblies of the Project include Kumasi Metropolitan, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Old Tafo, Oforikrom, Ejisu, Suame and Asokore Mampong Municipal Areas. The Project is expected to run for four years from 2020 to 2024.