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THE EASTERN REGION

The Eastern Region occupying a land area of 19,323 square km is the sixth largest region in terms of land area.  Within a total population of 2,106 (2000 population census) it is the third most populous region after Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions.

The region has 26 political districts with Koforidua as the regional capital.

Climate

The region lies within the wet semi-equatorial zone, which is characterized by double maxima rainfall in June and October.  The first rainy season is from May to June while the second season is from September to October.

Physical Features 

The region has four main geographical features, namely:

The Kwahu scarp with an elevation of 788 meters above sea level

The Atiwa Atwaredu Ranges near Kibi with an elevation of 731 meters

The Akwapim highland attaining an elevation of 466 meters

The isolation hills/mountain dotting the relatively low-lying plains to the south, notably the Krobo and the Yogaga mountains.

The Kwahu scarp and the Atiwa-Atwaredu ranges from the major watershed of the region. It is from these that the major rivers such as the Pra, Birim and the Densu take their source.  These rivers and the Volta lake which covers part of the region have high potential for irrigation, farming, inland fishing, water transport as well as source of drinking water for both urban and rural settlements.

Water Supply Systems

Twenty-four (24) water supply systems are currently operational in the region.  The system at Achiase has just been rehabilitated.  Akim Ofoase system broke down over 30 years ago and is being rehabilitated under the SYIP.  The boreholes at Kibi and Aburi supplement the existing systems in Kibi and Akwapim respectively.

The systems are grouped under nine (9) GWCL districts as follows

  1. New Juaben District: Koforidua Old Treatment and new Headworks at Bukunor
  2. Nsawam District: Nsawam and Asamankese
  3. Krobo District: Anum Boso and Krobo area served by Kpong Old works
  4. Akwapim District: Akwapim area served by Kpong Old works through Akorley and Adukrom Boosters
  5. Tafo District: Akim Tafo, Begoro, Osino, Bunso, Anyinam and Kwabeng
  6. Kwahu District: Nkawkaw and Kwahu Ridge served from Kotoso Headworks
  7. Suhum District: Suhum Kibi and Apedwa/Asafo
  8. Oda District: Akim Oda, Akim Swedru, Aboabo and Asene
  9. Kade District: Kade, Asuom and Osenenase

 

Mr. Philip Dwamena-Boateng

Regional Chief Manager

 

Mr. Philip Dwamena-Boateng became Regional Chief Manager in November, 2015 and served in the Volta Region until he was transferred to the Eastern Region in August 2016. Until then, he was the Regional Team Leader from April, 2015 to October, 2015 as well as the Regional Production Manager in the Volta region from March, 2009. He also worked in the Northern, Central and Western regions of GWCL as Water Quality Assurance Manager.

 

Prior to joining Ghana Water Company Limited, he worked at Western Casting Limited as a Quality Control Officer. He has attended a number of Training programmes and Workshops both home and abroad in the area of water quality and treatment as well as Water Treatment Plant designs and has a number of publications to his credit. He holds a Chemistry degree as well as a Master of Science degree in Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation both from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He is a member of the Ghana Chemical Society and International Water Association (IWA).

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