The Parliament in Accra has approved a loan agreement of worth about GBP10m between the Government of Ghana and Dexia Bank, Belgium SA/NV to finance the first phase of construction of a water treatment facility.

The project is expected o improve access to portable water supply in Nsawam in the Eastern Region and Accra in the Greater Region from the existing capacity of 792,000 gallons/day to a total capacity of 2,420,000 gallons/day.

The expansion and rehabilitation of the Nsawam Water Treatment Plant, which is expected to be completed in 24 months is to meet 2025 water demand for Nsawam and its environs, including Dobro, Medie, Kuntunse, Pobi Asaawa, Agbon No 1 and Hebron all in the Eastern Region.

Finance Committee chairman James Avedzi said that the facility is critical to the people of Nsawam and its environs to meet major priorities of government in the provision of drinking water and also help in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).