Centralized treatment: "Community Water Solutions" in Ghana

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Centralized treatment: "Community Water Solutions" in Ghana

Postby H. Timothy Hsiao » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:35 pm

We talked about centralized water treatment. Is it feasible? Seems so from the success of CWS - "Community Water Solutions" in Ghana

CWS uses centralized treatment and a for-profit business model.

Is this a superior solution to BSF for our client? Anyone interested in getting in touch with CWS and communicating with the leadership of our client?

CWS's approach:
"...main two components: 1.) ...low-cost, community-scale water treatment and household safe storage solutions to ensure that the water stays safe and clean while users transport it and store it in their homes. 2.) ...hands-on approach to engaging communities as owners, operators and customers to ensure comprehensive community access to safe water, sustained use and lasting social change.

Our approach has 5 main components:

Centralized Treatment & Distribution of Water

Clean water is a large-scale problem making it difficult to address and properly maintain at the household level. Region-level treatment is too detached from the communities in need, both geographically and culturally, and the water often gets re-contaminated before it reaches the end users. CWS implements small businesses for treating and distributing water from a centralized location in each community. We believe that this community-level water treatment technique is the ideal means for controlling the water quality and truly beginning to put a dent in this global health issue.
CWS Storage containers

One major problem in rural areas is water recontamination in the home. In order to avoid this problem, CWS distributes safe water storage containers to every household in the community. These containers are designed with taps in order to avoid the constant removal of lids and dipping of contaminating instruments (i.e., hands, spoons, or other foreign objects) into the water.
Community Involvement

CWS believes that a sustainable solution is one owned, run, funded by, and maintained by the community in which it operates. We train two local women how to use locally available technologies to treat enough water for their entire village. These community members ultimately run every aspect of the water treatment business.

For-Profit Business Model

Community members pay a small fee to fill their containers with water from the treatment center, which allows the women working at the center to generate enough capital to sustain the water business while also making a small profit. This for-profit business model enables the water purification process to continue and enables the community to have sustainable access to clean water.
Financial Training

In addition to water treatment training, CWS trains the women running the business in money management. We teach them how to properly manage the revenues from the water sales, directing enough funds towards perpetuating the business while also making an income."
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