Community members in Ekumpoano, located in the Ekumfi District, rely primarily on farming and fishing to make a living. One of the major challenges for the development of their community was the lack of access to clean, sufficient, drinking water. As it is closely located in the Gulf of Guinea, community members’ options to collect fresh water were limited since many of the underground water sources are saline and not usable for basic consumption needs. The community had access to a borehole but it was far from the community, therefore, community members, mostly women and children, were forced to make numerous trips per day if they wanted to retrieve and carry water back to their homes.
Water System Solution
The Ghana Water Company is in charge of water distribution and treatment in the region where Ekumpoano is located. In 2019, Global Brigades worked with the GWC to modify and expand its distribution infrastructure to get treated water to strategic points within Ekumpoano where 5 standpipes were built. These standpipes give the 3,340 community members living in Ekumpoano, access to clean potable water, and meet the standards of the World Health Organization. By placing them in areas near the population, families spend less time and energy retrieving water for use in their homes. In addition to the standpipes, GB volunteers worked with community members to install rainwater harvesting units in homes and at the community’s school.
Water Project Stages
All stages of this water project have been completed.