As part of itsinvolvement in the ANAM WASH initiative, the Aquaya Institute has commenced a comprehensive assessment of the safety of rural and small-town water systems within the Asutifi North District. This initiative will unfold in three phases: baseline data collection, piloting chlorination techniques in water systems, and training Water and Sanitation Management Teams (WSMTs) regarding water safety issues.
During the initial phase of baseline data collection, water samples were taken from standpipes and tested to determine the levels of free chlorine residual present. The results of the tests revealed that the recorded values fell below the recommended threshold set by the World Health Organization (WHO) of 0.2 mg/L for free chlorine residual in treated drinking water. As a response, two different chlorination approaches were introduced as part of a pilot program: Water Mission In-line chlorination and Direct Tank dosing. Following the implementation of these approaches, subsequent measurements showed a notable increase in the desired free chlorine residual levels, rising from 0.2 to 2 mg/L. The decision to adopt these specific chlorination methods was based on their positive technical performance, feasibility, and affordability considerations.
Selected WSMTs in the district were provided with chlorine tablets and kits and educated on the importance of chlorination. They were also trained in the interpretation of test results, chlorine dosing, and water quality troubleshooting processes. "The activities are important in achieving free chlorine residual in the water systems", explained Daniel Kwaah, Programs assistant at the Aquaya Institute. "The training of WSMTs and provision of chlorination kits and tablets will enhance the sustainability of our vision", he added.
Water vendors across various standpipes also received training on record-keeping. Kiosks stocked with petty items were placed beside every standpipe to provide shelter to vendors and motivate them to work. These initiatives are part of Aquaya's commitment to the ANAM WASH initiative and will significantly improve the safety and sustainability of water systems across the Asutifi North District.