Australian High Commission in Partnership with “Fix That Pump” Installed and Commissioned a Solar-Powered Water Project for Zagyuri Community
Access to clean and safe water is a fundamental human right, yet many communities in Ghana continue to suffer from a lack of potable water and the devastating impact of waterborne diseases.
However, the community of Zagyuri in the Northern Region has been bestowed with a sustainable solar water supply system to improve the all-around well-being of women for greater economic productivity and growth.
Fix That Pump, a Sustainable Water and Community Development Organisation in partnership with the Australian High Commission to Ghana commissioned a 30,000-litre solar-powered water system in the Zagyuri Community on Wednesday, 14th June 2023.
The water project, which installation started in January 2023 aims to address the pressing water crisis faced by the over 15,000 residents of Zagyuri while bringing about transformative benefits to various aspects of the community’s life.
This innovative project harnesses the power of the sun to provide a sustainable solution to the water needs of the community.
The solar panels, strategically placed to capture maximum sunlight, generate clean energy, which is then used to pump and distribute water to the 30,000-liter water storage tanks.
Clemencia Thomas, a resident of the Zagyuri community in expressing her excitement indicated that the project is a symbol of hope for the community as its impact will extend to the socio-economic conditions of the community.
The project is expected to contribute to the empowerment of women in the community by enabling them to invest more of their time in operating their businesses instead of using them in search of water.
The project is also expected to enhance school attendance in the community through improved sanitation and hygienic conditions among the students and facilities. It will also reduce the number of hours students spend in search of water and increase contact hours at school.
According to Douglas Baiden, the Projects Coordinator of Fix That Pump, “Education is the cornerstone of progress, and the solar pumping water system will play a pivotal role in enhancing educational opportunities for the youth of Zagyuri. Students will no longer be hindered by the lack of proper sanitation facilities. By providing clean water, the project will inspire students to attend school regularly, concentrate on their studies, and pursue their academic aspirations.”
An Assistant Director at the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly & the Head of the Kanvilli Zonal Council, Madam Anita Anala, who represented the Municipal Chief Executive, Honourable Mohammed Yakubu Ahmed believes that the project will curtail the prevalence of waterborne diseases, allow the community to address health issues more effectively and enhance the overall well-being of its residents.
This project marks a turning point in the community's journey toward a brighter and healthier future.
Cindy Apania, the Manager of Fix That Pump indicated that “Water is life and therefore, bringing something that represents life to the people for which they struggle daily, is nothing short of impactful and fulfilling to me and the team”
Fix That Pump believes that everyone deserves access to clean and safe water and finds innovative ways to make this possible.