Solar Water Pumping technology Initiative is part of Ghana Vulnerable Community Water & Sanitation Program which brings together organizations with funding and technical knowledge to collaborate on analyzing, designing, and implementing sustainable projects that have a high impact in rural communities across Ghana. The project aims at ensuring that all people have access to basic sanitation and safe drinking water using innovative and sustainable technologies.
Goamu is (a close-knit Kenyasi suburb community of about 3000 people), made up of more than 10 villages. Currently, Some of these villages get the water they use for cleaning and bathing by digging wells very close to the local river, (River Goa), and carrying the water back in heavy yellow buckets (locally known as “kuffour gallon”). Water in the river has possible exposure to pesticide contaminated runoff from farms upstream and is far from meeting the nation’s quality standards for sanitary bathing and drinking water. Some of the villages also have government funded wells and boreholes as sources of untested water used for drinking. In total, Goamu has 13 wells and 4 boreholes. But the villages are too remote to be connected to a power grid.
The project plans to address this issue by cleaning out their usable well, purifying the water, installing a submersible DC pump that is powered by a photovoltaic array, and implement a gravity-powered distribution system in a central location, creating easy, reliable access to clean water for over 15 years.