The Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) has come under fire for awarding a contract for 500 boreholes to be constructed in some selected communities at a cost of GHC60,000 each.
News of the contract has provoked a firestorm of controversy and outrage in a section of the public, with many arguing that boreholes could be drilled for as low as GHC10,000 each.
The PURC's public affairs director, Nana Yaa Jantuah, defended the cost in an interview on Accra-based Joy FM, stressing that the boreholes would be more sophisticated the standard ones known to many people.
She said, for instance, that boreholes would have an electronic panel to power them.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has strongly condemned the deal as corrupt, with a leading member of the party, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie (Sir John) asserting that the standard cost of drilling a borehole is GHC18,000.
A Citi report from 2015, however, shows that the vice-presidential candidate of the NPP, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, constructed a borehole for the Wale Wale District Hospital in Northern Region at the cost of GHC50, 000.
Dr Bawumia had said at the commissioning of that borehole that he had responded to a personal letter from the management of hospital to end the water crisis that had crippled healthcare delivery at the facility.