Even more than in the rest of the world, access to safe water is a tremendous challenge in Africa. Ghana, located in West Africa is often seen by its neighbours as a model for democracy and is at the same time also experiencing solid economical growth.
Quality infrastructure is one of the key pillars of a sustainable economical development, and among the many facets of infrastructure, quality water distribution and sanitation systems have an important role to play.
In May 2011, Borealis, together with its local partner Interplast, held a seminar in Ghana’s capital to share best practices and experiences with the local value chain members.
Access to safe drinking water is key for human health, but also for the economical development of a country. One of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is therefore to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015. The surveys regularly carried out by the World Health Organisation show that despite regular progress being made, the access to piped water is still low in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Bringing water from available sources to the household is considered critical to ensuring that people will have enough water for drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene. Together with a strong political commitment to reach the Millennium Goals, many different factors are playing a role in the practical implementation.
In Ghana, almost 10 years ago now, a decisive step was made towards making the installation of new pipe networks easier. This was the decision made by the company Interplast to start up a PE pipe production. This suddenly created easy access to a high quality and economical pipe source, helped faster implementation of the political decisions, and at the same time also contributed to the local economy.