In an effort to combat the toxic effects of poor water quality, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the European Union (EU), recently completed a multi-million dollar project to provide safe water to Ghana.
The project, which was centered around the Ghanaian towns of Nyankpala and Tolon, involved the construction of several steel water tanks and over twenty kilometers of pipe. The tanks – which hold 200,000 liters each – will help deliver water to more than 30,000 residents and provide a large supply of safe water to Ghana all year round.
Previously, during the seven months-long dry season, Ghanaian residents would frequently be forced to seek water from unsafe sources that are often rife with various infectious microbes, pathogens, and parasites. Subsequently, outbreaks of diarrhea and Guinea worm would cripple local communities, requiring medical attention and long waits at the clinic. By enabling safe water to Ghana, residents will no longer expose themselves to health risks in order to avoid severe dehydration and chronic thirst.
In an interview with UNICEF representative to Ghana Dr. Iyabode Olusanmi regarding the completion of the project, she remarked, “Now, school children do not have to absent themselves from school in search of water for domestic chores neither do they have to walk long distances and join long queues drinking water.” By providing safe water to Ghana, organizations such as UNICEF are helping to make a real difference in the health of communities by granting access to even the most basic of human necessities, and that being a water supply free of disease-causing bacteria.