- Posted by Leah Breevoort 20 Oct
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EWB-USA has teamed up with the Safe Water Network to increase access to safe water for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in water-stressed countries. Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all is a collective goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The collective commitment has been instrumental in the completion of Ghana’s first comprehensive assessment of market-based approaches for safe water provision. Watch more on that partnership here.
Together, EWB-USA and Safe Water Network are addressing water quality issues, developing a residential distribution network and training people in local communities to use technologies to monitor groundwater levels and maintain clean water supplies on a year-round basis. The approach balances market principles including payment for water, affordable pricing, and reliable service with the Foundation’s mission to increase sustainable access to safe water for the poor. The Safe Water Station–community-level water treatment facilities that produce high-quality water sold at affordable rates—generate enough revenue from water sales to cover operating and maintenance costs. Today, this partnership is the foundation for sustainable water supply reaching 4-8 million people.
Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a broad network of 16,000 dedicated, passionate and skilled volunteers committed to empowering communities to meet their basic human needs. As a member and partner of VEGA, EWB-USA engineers are also currently designing a forced-air cooling system for a local processor that will raise the standards of Kosovo’s table grape industry. The partnership is developing a more competitive agriculture sector in Kosovo using engineering solutions. Learn more about that program here.