Ghana Trip 13th January

This natural spring provides water for a community of 4,000.
In the wet season the water is much cleaner, but through the dry season the water levels are much lower and the water supply is more likely to be contaminated.

 The water source for the new water tower

The water source for the new water tower

Schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia, snail fever or Katayama fever) is a huge problem.
It’s a disease caused by parasitic flatworms that can attack the liver, kidney and bladder and the main cause is contaminated, dirty water.
Symptoms are abdominal pains, blood in the urine, diarrhoea.
If it's not fatal it can destroy the reproductive system.

Not only is the water contaminated but because of where this water source is located,  the community run the risk of being attacked by venomous snakes.
Many snakes live in this green and wet area.
So collecting water has the added risk of coming into potentially dangerous contact with water snakes, cobras and mambas.

 A vital water source, but is inhabited by venomous snakes

A vital water source, but is inhabited by venomous snakes

With the help of Fred, we have now started to build a water tower away from this water source.
Water from this natural source will be pumped to a safe area, stored in a water tank and filtered, providing clean safe water to the community.

When complete, this will be our second sustainable water project.