…The solar-powered, digitised water techniques will present entry to wash water to over 100,000 folks in underserved rural Ghana.
Following the success of its revolutionary sensible tech clear water pilot in Abomosu, Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative (GWI) introduced that it’s creating 12 further websites in collaboration with the Group Water and Sanitation Company (CWSA) to provide over 100,000 folks throughout rural Ghana entry to wash water by the tip of 2023.
The Ghana Water Initiative (GWI), a undertaking by SafeWater, a strategic enterprise unit inside Grundfos, goals to achieve a million folks in underserved communities in Ghana with clear water by 2026, offering consuming water that’s each protected and simply accessible, from a dependable supply that’s sustainable and effectively run.
In 2019, GWI put in seven centrally situated, solar-powered, digital AQTaps (water ATMs) to serve the primary pilot group in Abomosu village, situated in Atiwa West District, Jap area of Ghana, in partnership with the Group Water and Sanitation Company and the Atiwa West District Meeting. The revolutionary, ‘sensible water’ ATMs by Grundfos enable the consumer to handle their utilization, and entry handled, potable water utilizing a pre-paid card, topped up through cell cash, from a supply that’s dependable and accessible 24/7, all yr spherical.
At the moment, protected operating water is offered all through the group, pumped from a 90m borehole 1.5km from the village to a 120m³ water tank. Over 8,000 native residents now have dependable entry to wash water for the primary time, together with 262 sensible family water connections going straight into residents’ properties.
Anise Sacranie, SafeWater’s Senior Partnership Improvement Supervisor commented: “We now have demonstrated that this mannequin is profitable, so working intently with the CWSA, the following step is to take the mannequin to scale, encouraging non-public sector engagement and entrepreneurship to determine financially sustainable, high-quality water providers to underserved communities throughout Ghana.
We’re about to finalise our subsequent undertaking (in Otoase) which is a totally new construct and are on observe to have a complete of 13 initiatives operating by the tip of subsequent yr, together with Abomosu, giving over 100,000 folks entry to wash consuming water throughout the subsequent 18 months.”
Xorlali Yao-Kuma Kpodo, Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative’s Engagement Supervisor stated, “Over 8 million folks in Ghana nonetheless do not need entry to protected, drinkable water as a result of the present water provide in lots of areas is inefficient and untreated and subsequently unsafe to drink when it flows. For the reason that begin of the Abomosu pilot initiative 2 years in the past, the suggestions from native residents has been overwhelmingly optimistic so we’re excited to be transferring to the following part, offering clear water to extra underserved rural areas.”
GWI’s strategy to enhancing water entry is to refurbish current CWSA techniques or set up new infrastructure the place no system exists, offering water to each households, public standpipes and refillable water dispensers. The Abomosu undertaking concerned upgrading an current system that had fallen into disrepair, requiring two new boreholes, piping, and therapy system, in addition to the Grundfos AQ Faucets (water ATMs). GWI employees work with native groups to take care of the brand new system and are creating a vocational curriculum for water system operations and upkeep to make sure abilities are transferred to native employees for ongoing upkeep of the undertaking sooner or later.
SafeWater is a strategic enterprise unit in Grundfos (a worldwide water expertise firm dedicated to pioneering options to the world’s water and local weather challenges and enhancing the standard of life for folks). SafeWater creates a long-lasting affect by reworking underserved communities by way of commercially viable and sustainable sensible water options.
SafeWater is working in direction of Grundfos’ ambition of reaching 300 million folks in 2030 with entry to consuming water. It collaborates intently with a few of the world’s main humanitarian and improvement assist organisations, in addition to non-public water service suppliers, and companions with native distributors, non-public water service suppliers, service companions, industries, power service suppliers, banks and financing establishments, buyers and governments. SafeWater predominately operates in East and West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Center East – and sometimes in distant places.
About Grundfos Ghana Water Initiative (GWI)
Ghana Water Initiative (GWI) kicked off in March 2019 as a neighborhood initiative to check commercially viable enterprise fashions for delivering clear water entry to underserved communities in Ghana, and to determine the framework to take the ultimate mannequin to scale. GWI is being managed by a neighborhood undertaking staff understanding of the Grundfos Ghana places of work in Accra. GWI goals to supply sustainable clear water that’s accessible, dependable and environment friendly to 1 million Ghanaians by 2026 by rolling out efficiently examined enterprise fashions throughout Ghana.