Ing. Charles A. Brobbey
Regional Chief Manager
Ing. Charles A. Brobbey was posted to the Brong Ahafo Region as Chief Manager in August, 2016, after his appointment as Chief Manager for the Upper East Region in January, 2016. Prior to that, he served six years as Regional Production Manager for the Accra-Tema Metropolitan Area (ATMA) Production Region. He was also the Project Manager for the Kpong Rehabilitation and Expansion project (Siemens Project).
In 2006, Ing. Brobbey was appointed the Distribution Manager at the Aqua Vitens Rand Head Office Operations, a position he held for three years. Before that, he held various positions in various regions of GWCL: He was the Regional Operations and Maintenance Engineer for the Central Region between 2003 and 2006 and Workshop Manager for ATMA between 1998 and 2003.
Ing. Brobbey began his professional career with GWCL in the Eastern Region as Assistant Engineer in 1993 and was appointed the Regional Maintenance Engineer in the same year. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Tashkent Institute of Engineers of Irrigation and Agric. Mechanization and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Fin) from the University of Ghana Business School. He is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers.
THE BRONG AHAFO REGION
The Brong Ahafo Region is located in South Ghana and bordered to the North by the Black Volta River and to the east by the Volta lake and to the South by the Ashanti Region and to the West by the Ivory Coast South-eastern border. The Capital is Sunyani and the Region was created from Bono state (Western Ashanti) in 1958.
The region is the second largest in Ghana in terms of land size about 39,557sq. Km.
The Region has 27 districts/municipals and currently the Company operates in part of 10 districts and municipalities, thus; Asutifi South, Berekum Municipal, Central Dormaa, Dormaa east, Sunyani Municipal, Sunyani West, Tano North, Tano South, Techiman North and Techiman Municipal. The Region has a population of 2,310,983 (2010 census) and a growth rate of 2.2%.
The current population for the areas being served by GWCL as mentioned above is 915,972 (2010 census) but the water coverage is estimated to be 52%.
The daily demand for the coverage areas is 54,970m3 as against current installed daily production capacity of 20,749m3 out of which our current average daily production target is 14,678m3 leaving a huge demand gap of 40,292m3 per day representing 267% adverse difference.
Brong Ahafo is a great Agricultural Region in Ghana and predominantly farmers, the economy is basically domestic with few commercial activities and lacking in industrial development except one or two firms and timber companies.
The people therefore in the region are more into trades, farming and government workers. The water being produced is therefore basically for domestic purposes and their attitude towards the usage of water change during the wet/rainy season.
A look at market activities/analysis show that a lot of development albeit new houses spreading in the outskirt of the towns necessitating for the need to extend water supply to these developing areas especially Techiman and Sunyani Municipalities. Two factories have also sprung up recently in both Sunyani and Techiman and pipelines have been extended to catch those markets.
The Region produces treated water from six (6) headworks namely Abesim, Acherensua, Dwomo, Berekum, Biaso and Tanoso for domestic, commercial/institutions, public standpipes and tanker services. The production capacities of those plants vary from 2,454,546m3 to 262,800m3/year. The Region has two booster stations located at Kobedi which boosts the supply from Abesim headworks to Chiraa, Kuntunso also serving Techiman Municipality and a number of storage facilities totalling 32No. (1No. concrete, 2No. Hydroglobos, 29 pressed steel) elevated tanks of various capacities. The Region also has estimated existing distribution pipelines of various sizes of 1,200 Kilometres and 200km length of transmission pipeline with diameters ranging from 150mm diameter to 350mm diameter. Almost 20km of the transmission pipeline in Sunyani (5km) and Techiman (15km) are extremely weak and require huge outlay to replace them.
Brief overview of water supply administration and operations in the Bring Ahafo
“To be a world class Utility Company delivering quality and acceptable services based on our distinctive competence and best practices in the water industry”
“To be the most attractive Region in the delivery of potable water supply in the Urban Area of Brong Ahafo Region through dedicated and committed staff”
Abstract, produce and efficient operation, maintenance and distribution of portable water supply to the Urban areas of Brong-Ahafo Region and efficient management of our customers.
The Ghana Water Company Limited in Brong Ahafo operates four (4) major supply headworks namely, Abesim (Sunyani Municipality), Tanoso (Techiman), Biaso (Dormaa Ahenkro) Berekum (Berekum) and in addition two (2) number smaller headworks under the Abesim namely, Dwomo which serves Dwomo and Techimantia and Acherensua which also serves only Acherensua township.
The Region has staff strength of 175, made up of 44 Senior and 131 Junior regular staff. The Region is headed by Chief Manager, with eight number Sectional Heads covering, Audit, Finance, Human Resources, Water Quality Assurance, Distribution, Production, Commercial and Material Managers, all being supported by a Public Relations Officer.
Each of the four District Offices is also headed by a District Head, who were all district commercial officers appointed to those positions.
Currently the water supply situations in these named districts are quite stable whilst rationing is on-going in both Sunyani and Berekum due to supply gap. All the Production centers have been metered with bulk meters for the treated water; efforts to meter the raw water lines are far advanced.
Average monthly production of treated water in the Region is 441,178m3.
Monthly billing target is GH˘1,614,127 (both private and government). This represents 99.5% of baseline target.
The Region customers strength has increased from 15,281 to 18,155 within the last 2 years. This is made up of 16,495 billed and 1,660 unbilled. The Region performance hovers between 93-96% private collections with an average arrears age of 2.4 months. Our billing efficiency on average is 94% against target whilst average collection-billing ratio is 96%. Ninety-Seven (97%) percent of our active customers are metered and Non-Revenue Water is between 17-23%.
The Region for the past two years (2014 – 2015) has undergone a major transformation in terms customer relations and re-branding, operational efficiencies and improvement on the existing infra-structures. The Region has won a number of honours and trophies as a result of the High Impact Performance Programme launched by the Company in April 2015 and other awards from the Bombisco Multi-Media in Brong Ahafo.
Our pay point outlets have increased significantly from 7 to 13.
One of the major break-through is the complete replacements of new Low and High Lift Pumpset including Panel at Tanoso, Kuntunso booster and Biaso (Dormaa) headworks and installation of power stabilizer, Alternative Power Regulator at Biaso.
Opportunities exist for Investors to take advantage of the Region’s enabling environment to secure funding for the Rehabilitation and Expansion of Sunyani Water Supply System and Dormaa Water Supply System.
Detailed Project Profile available in the Strategic Investment Programme of Ghana Water Company Head Office.