Water Data

Why We Collect Data on Water
The provision of, and access to improved water resources is important to public health and human development. In 2007, the Government of Ghana drafted a National Water Policy to improve service delivery in the water sector. The broad objective of the policy is to achieve sustainable development, management and use of Ghana’s water resources to improve health and livelihoods, reduce vulnerability while assuring good governance in the water sector for present and future generations. Whilst considerable investment has been made in management and governance in the water sector to meet the national water policy objectives, there are deficits in access to and supply of water across regions and districts in Ghana. To be sure, in both rural and urban areas in Ghana, access to safe, sufficient, and affordable water sources remains a challenge. Many urban residents resort to private water delivery services. While in rural areas, many have to walk several kilometers to access unimproved water sources such as rivers and ponds.
Data collected and sources

Number of boreholes

Hand dug wells

Rainwater harvest schemes

Ghana Water and Company Limited (GWCL) connected systems

Limited mechanization schemes

Small community piped schemes

Small town schemes

Percentage of population covered by these sources of water

This data is sourced from the Ministry of Water Resource, Works and Housing [MoWRH], Ghana Water Company Limited [GWCL], and the Community Water and Sanitation Agency [CWSA].