Community members in Ebuakwa, located in the Ekumfi District, rely primarily on farming and selling charcoal to make a living. The primary goods and food products produced in Ebuakwa are cassava, maize, pineapple, plantains and sugarcane. One of the major challenges for the development of their community was lack of access to clean, sufficient water. As it is closely located to the Gulf of Guinea, community members’ options to collect fresh water was limited since many of the underground water sources are saline and not usable for basic consumption needs. Community members, mostly women and children, were forced to make numerous trips per day to the neighboring community of Nananom 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 Ebuakwa is located. In 2016, Global Brigades worked with the GWC to modify and expand its distribution infrastructure to get treated water to strategic points within Ebuakwa where 3 standpipes were built. These standpipes give the 1,693 community members living in Ebuakwa, access to clean 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.