Question: In what ways can we help provide clean recyclable water in Pokuase, in Ghana
Reason for Question: This question came about because, in a lot of places in Ghana, there are issues with water being easily accessible. People do you want to in their homes but not all the time because there’s a limited supply there. So what I was thinking about this with this question, was how I can help with to this what we already had. If I could devise some kind of system or mechanism to help me do this
Why is this an issue?: Beyond people not being able to buy, and lack of clean drinking water causes huge problems in the country. In more remotes parts, people (especially children)have to walk miles and miles to get whatever and this takes up most of the time, and you should be deprives them of a good profitable education; because the end of doing this more than any other thing. Also without water, cooking becomes difficult and deprives us of doing other essential things.
Case Study 1: In places like Pokuase in Ghana, The use the Nsaki river as their primary source of water. The water from the river isn’t potable, which also means this water body could be home to thousands of different diseases, but it’s all they’ve got, so they use it for everything, washing, drinking, bathing and cooking. Women and children are affected most, mainly because they fetch water the most, and they spend hours searching for sufficient quantities of water. This makes children either very late to school, absent or too weak to even concentrate in class.
Case study 2: in most cities in Ghana, like Tema where I live, there are a lot of times where water pipes are shut, to allow other places in the city to get water flowing into their homes although this effectively helps people get water flowing into their homes, it doesn’t eliminate the fact that there is still a water problem in Ghana. This also has similar effects in cities, children and adults alike, don’t get to go to places they need to be at on time or even show up at all, because when these pipes are shut, they aren’t scheduled. So they can happen whenever at any time.
Brainstorming and Ideation
- Start scheduling pipe shuts so people become more conscious of when they’ll be shut.
- Educate people about water conservation.
- Provide large barrels for people to store water for days.
- Create a system, based on the model of a fountain that filters water in real time and takes it back to be used over and over again.
- Have people go round and distribute water.
Ideal solution: From my point of view ‘creating a system, based on the model of a fountain that filters water in real time and takes it back to be used over and over again’, is my most ideal solution, because it not only focuses on the issues like my other solutions, but all the issues. It works on making the water clean, eliminates the need to keep fetching water as much and also tackles the water shortage issue. With this, water will keep circulating, once you’ve had water before, although, like a fountain, water needs to be added each go round significantly cut down water wastage. This also helps us work with the water we already have in Ghana.
Kofi Oppong is a 18 year old boy from Pokuase, Ghana. He goes to school at local secondary school, which is 2.7km away from his house. Kofi lives with just his little brother, his mum and dad. Each morning he wakes up very early to go to the Nsaki river, which is their primary source of water. The water from that river isn’t potable, which also means this water body could be home to thousands of diseases, but it’s all they’ve got. So every morning he walks about a kilometer to the river, along with his little brother Kwame, to fetch huge buckets of water. Kofi being 18, has become quite used to doing this because he has done it for a very long time and also he’s known as the village’s best athlete, however, he still is usually late to class and also quite tired and weak from all the load he has to carry on his head every morning. Kofi gets sick quite often, quite recently he and his little brother both contracted cholera, although they’re both fine now, there is no way to know that they both wont get it again, because they still drink the same water from the same source and nothing has changed at all. The water he and his brother bring back is the water they bath with, drink and also use to cook all their food, so sometimes, they have to make two trips and he usually goes the second time with either his mum, Ama or his dad, Kwasi. Doing this even gets Kofi even more tired, but he has to do it, because if he doesn’t the whole family is at a disadvantage. As an athlete, it seems as if Kofi doesn’t mind fetching water all the time, however it really taks a huge toll not only on his academics, but his health as well.