Wednesday, March 26th marks the commissioning of two extensive small town piping systems in the peri-urban communities of Bokabo, Juabeso District and Elluokrom, Bia District in Western Region.
Across five regions, USAID’s Ghana Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project works with partners to implement targeted interventions to expand community water access. On March 26, USAID, with the support of the Bia and Juabeso District Assemblies, officially commissions two small town piping systems for the people of Bokabo and Elluokrom in Western Region. The small town piping systems are fully funded by USAID, at the price of US$246,000 for each facility, and each facility includes a main and 10 vantage points for each community.
This commissioning falls on the heels of World Water Day on March 22, an international day of action that brings attention to the global water challenge and advocates for sustainable management of water resources. USAID and its local, national and international partners are working together on a range of interventions to support a Ghana with improved rural and peri-urban water access in line with the theme for World Water Day 2014: “Water and Energy.”
SMALL TOWN PIPING SCHEME COMMISSIONING: EVENT INFORMATION
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Venue: Elluokrom Water Board Office, Elluokrom, Bia District, Western Region
Access to improved water sources is a challenge with widespread disparities. By and large, millions of Ghanaians are without access to improved water facilities — household piping systems, boreholes, hand-dug wells and surface water water infrastructure. It’s estimated that more than 40 percent of Ghana’s 25 million people do not have access to improved, safe drinking water sources. In peri-urban and rural communities, 24 percent (one out of every four people) lacks access to safe water sources. In Western Region, water access falls well below the national average at only 67 percent, which means one out ever every three people lacks access. Limited water access and hygiene practices ensure the spread of sicknesses such as diarrhea and cholera, and these sicknesses rob individuals and households of their health, dignity and economic productivity.
Each USAID-supported piping scheme in Bokabo and Elluokrom consists of a high-yielding borehole that is then mechanized with an electric pump to transport the water to a large overhead tank. From the tank, gravity is used to distribute the stored water to various accessible points (community standpipes), from which community members can fetch their water. This intervention has also included health and hygiene promotion at both the community and school levels.
Moreover, USAID’s has providing essential water access more widely across the Western Region:
- USAID has provided 22 boreholes in rural communities in Bia, Bibiani, Juabeso, Amenfi East and Amenfi West districts.
- USAID has provided 24 hand-dug wells in rural communities in Aowin, Suaman and Bibiani districts.
- USAID has provided 44 rainwater harvesting systems along with institutional latrines in schools in Bia, Bibiani and Juabeso districts, supporting proper handwashing behaviors for better health.
These interventions are expanding water access to an estimated 10,200 individuals who previously lacked safe drinking water, as well as handwashing facilities to support improved hygiene.
USAID, through its Ghana WASH Project, works in more than 200 communities across Western, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra and Volta Regions. All of these interventions are founded on strengthening long-lasting community management structures and hygiene education and behavior change messaging.
Learn more about USAID’s work in Ghana and the Ghana WASH Project:
World Water Day is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
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