Kosmos Connects More Communities To Potable Water

Kosmos Energy Ghana (KEG) and Safe Water Network, with support from the Community Water and Sanitation Agency have completed a new project to deliver clean drinking water to Nzulezo in the Jomorro District and six other communities in the Western Region, namely Eikwe, Anochie, Ngalekyi, Ngalekpoley, Krisan and Baku.

 
In this joint initiative, Kosmos and Safe Water Network expanded existing infrastructure by building two overhead tanks, a distribution network with five remote kiosks and fifteen standpipes in seven communities.

 
These permanent infrastructure enhancements enable clean water to be delivered from the water treatment plant in Beyin, installed by Kosmos and Safe Water Network in 2013, to Nzulezo, a popular tourist destination overlooking Lake Amanzuri built entirely on stilts and platforms.

 
Preserving the town’s unique character presented the project’s greatest challenge which was overcome by running 6.2 kilometers of underground pipe through marshes and waterlogged terrain to reach Nzulezo.

 
In addition to making much needed infrastructure investments, the partnership has begun implementing health and hygiene education programs to improve health outcomes and ensure program sustainability.

 
The first phase of this important initiative was completed in April 2013 and provided clean drinking water to approximately 6,000 people in the four communities of Beyin, Ngelekazo, Ekebaku and Atuabo.

 
The project was commissioned in Beyin in collaboration with Safe Water Network, the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, the District Assemblies and the Traditional Leadership.

 
The main water treatment facility in Beyin, which uses capillary ultrafiltration technology, has the capacity to produce more than 100,000 liters of potable drinking water each day.

 
Upon completion of all its phases, this initiative will deliver water stations serving over 20,000 people in several communities.

 
‘Kosmos Energy is a critical partner in our mission to improve the health and livelihoods of communities in Ghana’ said Kurt Soderlund, CEO of Safe Water Network.

 
‘By building the local capacity and capability for communities to own and manage their water systems, we are implementing a truly sustainable model for safe water delivery.

 
‘Our work with Kosmos Energy is an important addition to our current expansion which is allowing us to refine our approach so that it can be broadly replicated throughout Ghana and elsewhere.’

 
Ken Keag, Vice President and Country Manager of Kosmos Energy Ghana, said: ‘I am proud that Kosmos can play such a pivotal role in bringing water to the people of Nzulezo and the other communities. We are pleased to work alongside these communities and support them in the developing the skills necessary to own and operate these systems for the long term. ‘

 
Kosmos Energy is committed to maintaining strong and supportive relationships with its stakeholders and communities to create value and the best foundation for a sustainable business. We seek to be as good above ground as we are below ground in all our activities.

 
Caption: Awulae Annor Adjei (middle) paramount chief of Western Nzema Traditional Area being assisted by Thomas Golembeski (2nd left), Vice President, Kosmos Energy, Dallas, and the Western Regional Minister, M. K. T. Addo, to cut the tape to inaugurate the water treatment plant.

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