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‘Water wars’ in Kumasi, Ghana

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This chapter is about water supply and provision in Kumasi, capital of the historic West African forest kingdom of Ashanti and now Ghanas second city. An underlying theme is the Kumasi concept of water wars(nsu sa). Early colonial Kumasi accessed its drinking water from shallow wells and streams. When it became clear that such resources were a health hazard because of pollution the Owabi Water Scheme was given the go-ahead. What happened in Anloga is an instructive illustration of the depth of the crisis and of the problems of those who cannot secure the political attention and patronage that might give them some kind of victory in the Water Wars. In May 2001 CAP held a mass rally that produced the Accra Declaration on the Right to Water as a manifesto. Wealthy and middle class people source their water from a wide range of licensed sources.

Keywords: Water wars; Accra; Anloga; Ashanti; Ghana; Kumasi; Owabi Water Scheme



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