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Monday, 22 December 2014

Guinness Ghana initiates GH¢515,000 water treatment plant for Alogboshie, Atebubu

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited has cut the sod for the commencement of two Water Health Centres for Alogboshie, a suburb of Achimota in the Ga West Municipality, and Atebubu in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The combined GH¢515,000 project is fully funded by GGBL and the Diageo Foundation and will provide access to clean potable drinking water to over 40,000 inhabitants of both communities under its flagship community investment programme, Water of Life.

This project brings to 9 the total number of Water Health Centres GGBL and Diageo Foundation have sponsored across the country since 2012.

A Water Health Centre is a miniature water treatment system consisting of boreholes connected to a reverse osmosis plant and a housed ultra violet system to treat water for communities.

Speaking at the sod cutting ceremony at Alogboshie, Richard Ahiagble, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Manager said, “the selection of Alogboshie, a community close to our Achimota Brewery and Atebubu, where we source local raw materials for our production is in line with our commitment to invest in enriching communities in which we have direct operations and source locally. "

He revealed that last year, GGBL invested in a Community Health Post and the construction of a one classroom block as part of our employee volunteering programme for the Alogboshie community.

He added that recent research on the impact of the Water of Life programme revealed the effect to extend beyond the simple provision of access to clean drinking water.

"The study shows that the programme has contributed to the reduction of water-related diseases from 15% to 3% in the communities where a Water of Life project has been placed. We hope that with the construction of this facility, we can create jobs and empower these communities as well”, he added.

Ekow Blankson, Vice President and Business Head of WaterHealth International, Ghana added “Guinness Ghana has partnered with us to provide WaterHealth centres to over 8 communities. The feedback from these communities has been great and the impact has been tremendous. We are excited to partner on these projects as well and are happy at the level of support we are already receiving from the two communities. We will be training and employing residents from these communities to operate and manage the facility once completed – creating local jobs and supporting livelihoods.”

The two projects are expected to be completed by January 2015.

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