Regional Chief Manager
Ing. Francis Kwesi Awotwe who is currently the Regional Chief Manager for the Ashanti Production Region, is a Professional Mechanical Engineer. He joined Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in 1990 as Assistant Engineer.
From 2009-2014, he was the Regional Production Manager for Ashanti Region. He was appointed as the Ag. Chief Manager for the newly created Ashanti Production region, following the division of Ashanti Region into three regions. Prior to the above he was the Regional Engineer in charge of Upper West from 2003 to 2009. From 1994 to 2003, he served in the Central Region as Workshop Manager and Operations and Maintenance Engineer consecutively. He also served briefly as Ag. Regional Engineer within the same period.
Ing Awotwe has had practical training in pump design and maintenance with Weir Pumps in Scotland, Proficiency in Urban Water Supply in Germany at Dresden Technical University and Yokohama Water Works in Japan. He has also attended a number of local training and workshops relevant to the Water Supply Industry.
He holds a Commonwealth Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same university.
THE ASHANTI PRODUCTION
Ashanti Production Region was carved out of the then Ashanti Region on 13th September 2013. It is responsible for the potable water production aspect of GWCL’s mandate as spelt out in the mission of the company. The region is therefore into raw water abstraction, treatment, transmission, storage and water quality monitoring for distribution, billing and commercial activities by Ashanti North and South regions.
Ashanti Production operates five (5) Conventional Water Treatment Plants (CWTPs) and four (4) Groundwater Systems (GWS). The total designed capacity is 67.334Mm3/year and an installed capacity of 57.234Mm3/year. The five CWTPs are Barekese, Owabi, Mampong, Konongo and Odaso. The GWS are Effiduase-Asokore, Agona, Tepa and New Edubiase.
A new CWTP with a designed capacity of 5.3Mm3/year is currently under construction at Aframso in Kumawu. In addition, the region operates eight (8) Booster Stations and 23 storage reservoirs with varying capacities ranging from 54m3 to 9,000m3. The total distance covered by the transmission pipelines is 132.8km and are made of steel, DI and HDPE materials with sizes ranging from 200mm to 1050mm diameters.