Abdul preparing the formwork for the reservoir slab in Kamabai.

Albert painting the SolaWata logo on the Mambolo CCS.

Community members digging a ditch for water pipes in Bafodia.

Community members installing a well on the pump in Mongo .Bendugu.

Community meeting in Tawuya regarding the WASH project.

The WASH installation in Kamakwie.

The SolaWata logo.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Donors: ASI, DfID
  • Location: Various
  • Date Started: July 2012
  • Date Completed: June 2013
  • System Size: 1,880 Watts
  • Direct Beneficiaries: 3000
  • Indirect Beneficiaries: 26000

The Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program is one of EFO’s largest and most successful projects to date. Throughout the past year EFO has installed solar powered water filtration and purification systems in nine communities across the Kambia, Bombali, and Koinadugu districts to produce purified drinking water on a commercial basis. The systems were installed in Kamabai, Kamakwie, Kassirie, Mambolo, Rokupr, Tawuya, Bafodia, Bendugu, and Sinkunia.

The purified water, known locally as “SolaWata”, is currently sold at the community charging stations in 1-gallon and 5-gallon containers. Though the SolaWata installations are too recent to have had impacts on the community level, at the individual level the impact is staggering, with the vast majority of SolaWata consumers reporting significant improvements in health since they began purchasing the water. The sale of SolaWata also expands the range of CCS services, moving the kiosk beyond just mobile phone charging and light rental.

EFO is currently exploring alternative pricing schemes and delivery mechanisms to ensure that all community members have access to the product. In this interest, EFO is analyzing the feasibility of selling SolaWata in plastic packets.