The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) is the lead public sector Agency in Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) within the sub-sector, with the object of facilitating the provision of safe water and related sanitation and hygiene services to Rural Communities and Small Towns through a decentralized Service Delivery Approach. Until the establishment of CWSA, the then Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation (GWSC) now Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) was responsible for both urban and rural water supply since 1965. The Community Water and Sanitation Division (CWSD) a semi-autonomous unit under the then GWSC was created to manage rural water and sanitation delivery due to the neglect of the water and sanitation needs of small towns and rural communities. In 1998, an Act of Parliament, Act 564 was passed to transform the CWSD into an autonomous Agency.
The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) held its 2011 Annual Review Conference from 23rd to 27th April, 2012, at the Anita Hotel, Ejisu, Ashanti Region. The conference focused on a core function of the Agency which is ensuring that services are provided in a sustainable manner and there is a continuous mechanism to monitor services provided in the Rural Water and Sanitation Sub-sector.
To this end, the Agency has adopted the Service Delivery Approach. The theme for the conference was “TRACKING FUNCTIONALITY OF WASH FACILITIES: A KEY TO SUSTAINABLE SERVICES.”