Water in Ghana: Making a Scarcity Plentiful
It is still early in the morning, but Cornelia Nketia, a mother of four, is up and waiting in line for water. Six months ago, her only option would have been to fetch the murky, brown water from the Asukawkaw River, a 15-minute walk away. Tainted by the livestock that enters in slowly to drink and cool down from the hot and arid December air, the river was the community’s water source for all household activities, from drinking to bathing to washing dishes.
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3 year-old Ransford brushes his teeth using clean water.
“We knew the water wasn’t clean and made our children sick, but we had no other choice until this water center was built,” she says in the local Ewe language, looking off in the distance.
Today, Cornelia and others can pay a modest usage fee for clean, potable water, thanks to the water treatment center her community received through The
Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and USAID’s Water and Development Alliance (WADA). The alliance also provided improved sanitation facilities to schools and households.
Water Made Clean
The water center, which opened in May 2012, sources water from the same river, but treats it through a multi-step filtration process, which meets World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Cornelia and other community members arrive early each morning, carrying containers of various shapes and sizes with their money in hand, ready to purchase clean water.
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