Wash desk updates
The Anam Wash monthly radio program is still on the run and had its 23rd discussion on the topic, Water Treatment and hosted by Mr. Bashiru Yochari who is a research officer for Acquaya Institute, a partner on the Anam Wash initiative for the district. The reason for the water treatment discussion was a result of recent research conducted by acquaya institute, which prove that, some of the water standpipes in the district has been contaminated and based on that, the people in the district should adopt second level of treatment by the final consumer. The treatment can be done either by boiling or using of aqua tab which is use to disinfect the water before it is use.
The total number of complains in the month of January, 2020 were 33 and most of them were issues relating to water burst as a result of the community road construction. Due to the current ongoing road construction which has led to the numerous disconnection of pipes. The outstanding case of unsolved complains reported to the wash desk office is 6.
- Stephen Awuah from Donkokrom, requesting for their borehole to be mechanized for house to house connection. This will also reduce the time spent on going to the borehole to fetch water, now that school is in session or has reopen.
- Hon. Bawah Isaka, Esenenim Community, Brokendown Borehole. The assembly has taken it up and has contacted an operator to work on it.
- Obour, at Goamu at Yaw Oseikrom, Brokendown Borehole.
Aquaya Institute Monthly Water Quality Testing Program
Aquaya continued to undertake its pilot water quality testing program across some communities in the Asutifi North District in the month of January 2021. Officially the pilot water quality testing program by Aquaya ended in January 2021, after running for nine months.
The program is a collaboration between Aquaya Institute, Ghana Water Company Limited and Asutifi North District Assembly (ANDA) to undertake testing of ten (10) water systems every month. Upon completion a of a round of testing, the results are presented to a wider stakeholder group, including Aquaya, Asutifi North District Assembly (ANDA), and Water and Sanitation Management Teams (WSMTs). Aquaya convened a monthly meeting with ANDA and WSMTs, and other stakeholders to interpret test results whilst also facilitating analytical discussions among stakeholders on the test results and proposed remedial actions. This helps the stakeholders to have better understanding of the test results whilst building the capacity of the WSMTs to response to the test results.
Aquaya in the month of February 2021 will initiate the process to renew the agreement with Ghana Water Company Limited and the Asutifi North District Assembly for water quality testing to continue to December 2021.
Aquaya Distributes Subsidized Aquatabs to Water Kiosks and WMSTs
In support of Government Free Water Policy and efforts to promote the consumption of safe water, Aquaya is implementing a short-term subsidy initiative targeted at subsidizing the cost of water treatment for community members in the Asutifi North District. As part of the initiative, Aquaya has made available subsidized Aquatabs to WSMTs and Water Kiosks (community sale points) for purchase by water users. This was to ensure that community members could easily access and purchase the Aquatabs to treat their water before consumption. The subsidy programme ensured that community members paid less than 17% of the total cost of Aqua Tabs provided to them for the treatment of their water.
As at 31st December 2020, the subsidy initiative had distributed 19 boxes of Aquatabs to 15 community sale points (Water Kiosks) in six communities. These communities are Panaba, Agravi, Gambia No. 2, Ntotroso, Kenyasi, and Kensere.
The two-month long initiative by Aquaya was extended beyond December 2020 into January 2021, as some challenges were identified within the district in the implementation of Government’s Free Water Initiative which officially ended in December 2020. Aquaya intends to continue the distribution of subsidizes Aqua Tabs to Water Kiosks in the month of February 2021 as well.
Aquaya Targeted Subsidies Project
As part of commencement activities of a new Aquaya project, community consultation meetings were organized with leadership of three selected peri-urban communities where Safe Water Network had deployed their Water Stations. The communities visited include Anyinasuso (Ahafo Ano North Municipal Assembly) and Breme (Tano South Municipal Assembly). The meetings were held on Thursday 21 January 2021 and served as an avenue to introduce the community leaders to the Targeted Subsidies project while soliciting their views and opinions concerning the project. In attendance of the meeting were staff of Safe Water Network, ANDA, and other stakeholders and partners.
Aquaya’s Targeted Subsidies Project seeks to achieve two key learnings of which the first is how to identify the “poor” who are eligible for help on water access, while the second is how to administer a pro-poor water access program which effectively reaches the poorest.
Aquaya Sensitizes communities on Aquatabs
In January 2021, Aquaya in collaboration with District Planning and Environmental Health officials from the Asutifi North District Assembly, and SHEP Coordinators from Ghana Education Service (GES) embarked on a sensitization campaign to deepen community understanding and appreciation for properly treated water. The sensitization addressed issues such as ways in which their water sources were contaminated, layers of water contamination, health risks associated with the consumption and use of contaminated water, how to use recommended treatment options like boiling and Aquatabs, and how to properly handle and store water safely.
After weeks of supplying and tracking the sale of Aquatabs at various sale points (Water Kiosks) in communities across the Asutifi North District, it was noticed that the purchase of Aqua Tabs by community members was low. This slow sale was attributed to the low level of awareness of community members on the essence of consuming safely/properly treated water.
Construction of a Joint Water Station (H2OME Water System) at Kenyasi no. 1
Safe Water Network, the Asutifi North District Assembly and World Vision International established an agreement to construct a joint water station at Kenyasi no.1 based on Safe Water Network’s water delivery model. As part of the agreement, a training workshop was to be organized and facilitated by Safe Water Network to build the capacity and understanding of partners and stakeholders on the use and management of its water delivery model. The overarching goal was to ensure a smooth implementation of the Joint Water Station project.
On the 18th of January 2021, Safe Water Network commenced a 10-day training workshop to be undertaken in two parts at the Asutifi North District Assembly. Part one of the workshop was organized from the 18th to the 22nd of January, while part 2 will take place from the 1st to the 5th of February 2021. The workshop had participants from World Vision International (12 staff members) and Asutifi North District Assembly (4 officials) with staff of Safe Water Network facilitating the sessions.
It is hoped that the capacity of the District Assembly would be adequately built to pick up the management of the facility when other partners including World Vision International exit the project.
The first stage of the Joint Water Station project has commenced, with two boreholes having been drilled by World Vision International at Kenyasi No.1. Currently, Safe Water Network is constructing the storage system for the water station at the site and it is expected to have a capacity of 100 cubic meters. It is anticipated that the first phase of the project (borehole drilling and storage tank construction) will be concluded by the end of February 2021.
The siting of the Joint Water Station at Kenyasi No. 1 was premised on the fact that the community currently receives water from a water station located in Kenyasi no. 2. However, the capacity of the water station at Kenyasi No 2 is not sufficient to meet the demands of both communities. The new station at Kenyasi No 1 will primarily serve that community which has a projected population of 6,000 people.
Additional Hydrogeological Studies Towards the Drilling of New Boreholes
In the year 2021, World Vision International plans to drill 10 new community boreholes towards the achievement of universal basic water service delivery in the Asutifi North District by 2030. The communities where World Vision International intends to drill these boreholes include Wamahinso, Antwi Krom, Kokofu Anwua, Amamaso, and Tawiakrom.
In line with this plan, World Vision International commenced hydrogeological studies in January in the selected communities in the district to identify suitable sites for the drilling of the new boreholes. It is targeted that by March 2021, all suitable sites would have been identified and the drilling of boreholes started.
Continuous Monitoring of CLTS Activities
World Vision is working with the District Assembly on the continuous monitoring of 21 communities implementing CLTS activities (post triggering activities). The objective of this activity is to ensure households construct and own household latrines. In the month of January, the CLTS facilitators conducted monitoring and inspection in 8 communities. The monitoring revealed that 89 households have excavated their pit, while 11 households are in the process of completing their super structures and 29 households have since completed their latrines. To validate the work of the field team, the District Environmental Health Officer and his team also conducted follow up monitoring in 4 communities.