It is still early in the morning, but Cornelia Nketia, a mother of four, is up and waiting in line for water. Six months ago, her only option would have been to fetch the murky, brown water from the Asukawkaw River, a 15-minute walk away. Tainted by the livestock that enters in slowly to drink and cool down from the hot and arid December air, the river was the community’s water source for all household activities, from drinking to bathing to washing dishes. Cornelia Nketia mit ihren Söhnen Dominic, 11 und Ransford, 3
Today, Cornelia and others can pay a modest usage fee for clean, potable water, thanks to the water treatment center her community received through The
Cornelia Nketia mit ihren Söhnen Dominic, 11 und Ransford, 3
Water Made Clean
The water center, which opened in May 2012, sources water from the same river, but treats it through a multi-step filtration process, which meets World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Cornelia and other community members arrive early each morning, carrying containers of various shapes and sizes with their money in hand, ready to purchase clean water. Das Asukawaw Wasserzentrum
“The difference between the river water and the water facility is that the facility’s water is clean and safe for drinking and the river water is not,” she says.
Das Asukawaw Wasserzentrum
Changes in the Making
While Cornelia and others are ready to patronize the new water center, some still continue to source water from the river. Cornelia says these households know the water makes their families sick, but that it will take time to change everyone’s behavior. For Cornelia and her household, the cost of staying healthy outweighs the cost of the water. For others, it will take time to see the situation through her eyes.
Asukawkaw is one of 16 communities in Ghana that have benefited from these water treatment centers financed by The
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