The sources of water for both industrial and domestic purposes in the district include pipe borne, borehole and well. Among these sources, pipe borne and bore holes are considered as the sources deemed most potable. The major sources of water supply in the district are pipe borne water; boreholes with pump, hand dug wells with pump and open hand dug well.

Juaso, Obogu, Dampong,Bompata and Ofoase are the communities already served with pipe-borne water systems.  Even though water from these systems is reliable, not every part of the towns enjoy the facility since the standpipes are few.  

Besides this water system, there are 247 boreholes in 78 communities and 99 hand-dug wells in 50 communities. A few communities have more than three boreholes. The remaining communities do not have sufficient boreholes and some of the boreholes and hand-dug wells are not functional and need major repairs.

In percentage terms it may seem that the district is well off as about 98% of the communities have access to potable water. However, going by the United Nations (UN) requirement of 300 people to a borehole, water supply is woefully inadequate. Considering the communities in the ratio of adequacy of water supply, the best supplied community has a ratio of one borehole to over 350 people.  


The sanitation situation is generally poor. Open dumping is still the major method of refuse disposal.  Unfortunately, most of the disposal points are often sited either very close to water courses or on slopes thus encouraging erosion of the refuse or seepage of liquids emanating from decomposed refuse to pollute sources of water.  

The Assembly has procured sanitation equipment for staff of Environmental Health Division and the bigger communities to tidy up the towns. Two tractors have also been procured to cart refuse to the final disposal points.  

As shown in Table, there are a total of 1965 places of convenience in the District.  Most of the communities are now served by MVIP (90.1%). Over the years the Water and Sanitation Agency in the district have promoted the use of household toilet. Between 2006 and 2009 about 1000 household toilet have been constructed with IDA and AFDB


The Drainage systems in most communities are very poor. Apart from Juaso, Obogu, Bompata and Ofoase, there are no proper drains in all the other communities.  As a results open drains have turned into gullies and the foundation of most building and roads have been eroded.


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