On Water Improvements: Access, Attitudes, and Economics

On Water Improvements: Access, Attitudes, and Economics

When it comes to sustainable improvements in community water and sanitation access, the “hardware” (physical facility) is just the beginning – it’s the “software” (changing attitudes, behaviors, mindsets) that makes the difference. Equally important is addressing the economic dynamics that govern people’s water vending and purchasing behavior. In the peri-urban community of Manhean, in Ghana’s Greater Accra Region, there’s a WaterHealth Center , a surface water kiosk that uses UV and other technologies to treat raw water sourced from the nearby Densu River. The center treats the raw water, making it clean and potable for drinking and household uses. In terms of operations, the water kiosk is pretty top notch: the facility managers keep the center running during regular hours of operation, they track sales on a daily basis and the residents patronizing the facility are happ...

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