This week, the Public-Private Partnership Coordinator/Small Grants Coordinator for the Ghana WASH Project Ate Ofosu Amaah confirmed the completion of the biogas sanitation facility for the Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) North cluster of schools. The facility is provided though The USAID’s partnership with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (Water and Development Alliance (WADA)), and the facility was constructed by BETA Construction Engineers (BCE).
The biogas plant is a special technology which transforms waste from institutional latrines into cooking gas for use by food vendors who provide food to the school’s students, teachers and administration. Connecting to a rainwater harvesting system, the system will also recycle water to flush toilets in the schools. Overall, the system is expected to serve the needs of a population of over 4000 students, staff and teachers.
“We are going to test the system,” Ate commented Friday morning. He added: “We will also train people involved in the operations of the facility. This will include the teachers, students, and people who will manage the plant.” The project previously developed a maintenance manual in collaboration with BCE and school administrators at LEKMA South Cluster of Schools, with to support future maintenance needs.
Through the Ghana WASH Project, USAID and Coca-Cola have provided a series of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in schools and communities in Greater Accra and Volta regions, including surface water kiosks with vantage points for peri-urban communities, household latrines, and institutional latrines and hygiene education for schools.