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Rural water asset management practices in Ghana : the gaps and needs

This study evaluates primary and secondary data from two districts (Akatsi and East Gonja) to assess the status of asset management practices, and to examine requirements for improved asset management. Asset inventory data shows that asset management practices in the districts are currently poor, leading to high rates of nonfunctionality and low service levels. The existing "fix on failure" approach to water systems' repair has become a common practice. However, many repairs which relied on ?fix on failure? were found to have delayed, often due to the length of time it takes to mobilise financial resources from "post-paid" water users. This paper contends that without an improved asset maintenance, system it is likely that rural water systems in Ghana will continue to provide unsustainable services. The Findings demonstrate that improving the current asset management practices is dependent on human and financial resources, access to timely water service monitoring data at district levels, and planning and budgeting regime to reflect life cycle costs of water systems.[author abstract].

TitleRural water asset management practices in Ghana : the gaps and needs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKumasi, T. C., Agbemor, B. D., Burr, P.
Secondary TitleWater and environment journal
EditionOnline version
Pagination1-13 : 1 fig., 2 tab.
Date Published10/2018
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

This study evaluates primary and secondary data from two districts (Akatsi and East Gonja) to assess the status of asset management practices, and to examine requirements for improved asset management. Asset inventory data shows that asset management practices in the districts are currently poor, leading to high rates of nonfunctionality and low service levels. The existing "fix on failure" approach to water systems' repair has become a common practice. However, many repairs which relied on ?fix on failure? were found to have delayed, often due to the length of time it takes to mobilise financial resources from "post-paid" water users. This paper contends that without an improved asset maintenance, system it is likely that rural water systems in Ghana will continue to provide unsustainable services. The Findings demonstrate that improving the current asset management practices is dependent on human and financial resources, access to timely water service monitoring data at district levels, and planning and budgeting regime to reflect life cycle costs of water systems.[author abstract].

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doi: 10.1111/wej.12396

URLhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/326834766_Rural_water_asset_management_practices_in_Ghana_the_gaps_and_needs
DOI10.1111/wej.12396
Short TitleWater and Environment Journal

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