The importance of clean and safe drinking water cannot be over-emphasized especially in developing countries. The shocking revelation is that nearly one billion people in developing countries worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. This is even more disturbing especially in rural communities in Africa, where millions of people, usually women and children, walk miles every day to fetch water for domestic usage. Access to clean water has become a challenge to the extent that many people face the risks of infectious disease, shortage in food and animal production, and overall environmental challenges. Little to no water means that crops will not grow; fodders for livestock will not grow and all these would distorts our eco-system which will ultimately lead to food shortage.
At Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority, we are more than determined to constantly seek solutions to address water shortage, by providing communities with safe, clean water with relatively easy access. We believe that when a robust water solution is put into place, communities will become sustainable and prosperous. In some communities we have provided access to clean water, punctuality in schools have increased as against collecting water all day from the streams, health has improved as against illnesses from waterborne diseases and parents now find more time to care for their families which has also increased their standards of living.