Published on: 18/05/2011
The contested public-private contract with the water supply company, Aqua Vitens Rand Limited in Ghana, has not been extended. The company, which took over the operation of Ghana’s urban water supply in 2006, was supposed to improve the accountability of water delivery over the last five years.
Water consumers and civil society organisations harshly criticized Aqua Vitens for failing to meet the clear targets set at the beginning of the contract. Based on the company’s poor performance the government decided no to renew the five year contract, which automatically expired in May this year.
The communications director of Aqua Vitens questioned the reason put forward by the Ghanaian Minister of Water Resources. He claims that Aqua Vitens remains competent to improve Ghana’s urban water supply.