Bongo district is increasing its reliance on small town water systems to provide safe water in areas where the population is more concentrated. Deep boreholes provide water to storage tanks and standpipes across the area – with the potential also to make household connections.
Asaloko is a small community in the Bongo district where lives have been transformed through the introduction of safe water and effective sanitation. Householders no longer carry water long distances, children are better able to learn and the whole environment has been cleaned up.
Bongo district in the Upper East Region of Ghana became known throughout Ghana for the quality of its water –for the wrong reason. The district is a global hotspot for fluoride concentration and water from some wells was damaging the health of its population.
Vivian Kumah has been the lead nurse in charge of the community health planning and service centre at Gambia No 1 for about four and half years – and getting water had been a problem for almost the whole of that time.
One innovation in Asutifi North has been the introduction of kiosks at water points where vendors sell a range of sanitation products. The kiosks not only provide shelter from the sun and rain but improve the livelihoods of water vendors and help to make water systems more sustainable.
When Wassa East District Assembly audited 202 water points in 2015 as part of the SMARter WASH project they found that 50% were not functional. They developed a four-year Sustainable WASH Plan to ensure sustainable access to safe water for all communities in the district.