Of the 20 villages in Batibo (pop. 70,000), all but one have at least a rudimentary water supply system, but none is adequate to provide clean water year round. This project supports the work of a community organizer to work with local councils to protect catchment areas, teach the importance of water purification and conservation, install point-of-use treatment, hire and train caretakers and fund infrastructure rehabilitation.
When the water facilities are not adequate to serve an entire village year round, most residents end up drinking from contaminated streams, which can cause typhoid, diarrhea and other diseases that are often fatal to young children.
Our community organizer will work with the community on some simple steps can protect the existing water supply from contamination: locking all access points to the supply network; protecting the catchment areas with fencing and trees; conserving water to prolong water availability; and installing and promoting point-of-use chlorine dispensers. They will also help the local council apply for a self-help grant to undertake needed repairs and organize and collect water levies for maintenance.
Access to clean water saves lives and boosts the economy by reducing disease. This project will provide immediate action to protect or purify the water supply while carrying forward our work to extend operational water systems to all 70,000 residents of Batibo.