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Water

  • Providing Clean Drinking Water Providing Clean Drinking Water
  • Improving Community Access & Management Improving Community Access & Management
  • Promoting Hand Washing in Schools Promoting Hand Washing in Schools

     

The Ghana WASH Project works in both rural and peri-urban communities to improve access to clean, safe drinking water for households, schools and communities. Across five regions in Ghana, the project is constructing boreholes, hand-dug wells and small-town piping systems; the project also aims to provide clean water for hand washing through rainwater harvesting systems. The Ghana WASH Project is also part of a partnership to provide surface water kiosks in peri-urban communities.

In Ghana, one out of four people living in a rural community does not have access to an improved, dependable water source [1]. For families, the water access challenges are many. The daily need to fetch water, which can include trekking short and long distances, takes time away from both family and productive activities. Often, it is women and young girls who bear the brunt of this work. When clean water sources are not available, households and communities rely on what is – such as nearby streams, or unprotected wells and springs, where quality and potability cannot be guaranteed. As a result, families and communities are susceptible to diarrhea and other diseases that have negative impacts on community health.

 

Improving Water Access: The Ghana WASH Project Approach

Learn more about how we are providing potable drinking water to communities with boreholes and hand-dug wells, with surface water kiosks, and with small-town piping systems.

Learn more about how we are improving access to safe water through rainwater harvesting systems.

 

[1] According to the Water Sector Monitoring Platform (2009), 76.6 percent of rural communities have access to improved water sources: household connections, public standpipes, boreholes, protected dug well, protected spring, or rainwater collection.