I am really excited about getting the toilet because it is hygienic. With this toilet, I feel dignified.
Increasing finance for municipal sanitation
We’re working with the Ga West district to improve the way taxes are collected, so funds are available and fairly applied to maintain faecal waste collection systems. On our suggestion, Ga West municipality recently added a 10% surcharge to property tax to pay for district sanitation.
Working with utilities to improve access to water
A significant number of Accra’s population do not have access to good quality water, mostly in low-income areas. We have a strong relationship with GWCL and have worked together to form its non-revenue water unit. This monitors water that’s wasted through leaks or stolen from the network, and ultimately provides badly-needed water to more customers. The water company also generates more income by selling this water on, helping extend its systems and provide a better service.
Improving the impact of sanitation regulations
Ghana’s existing sanitation regulations could significantly increase the number of toilets in compounds and households, if they were adequately enforced.
WSUP has worked with Environmental Health Department staff to improve their knowledge of regulations relating to sanitation and when to implement them. This in turn gives Environmental Health Officers greater knowledge and more confidence, and builds respect for them in the community. All these factors make their work much more effective in improving sanitation.