It’s now the rainy season in The Gambia – and 5 hours upriver close to the Senegal border our project villages cope with torrential rain and intense humidity each day. In our villages women tap attendants operate the 12 taps we have repaired in each village. They sell water at about 0.5 pence per twenty litre jerry can, and even though there is so much rain water around we are finding that people prefer to buy our water. They know the water is clean because it comes from deep underground, it is cool and fresh and crucially, they trust it and know that if they drink this water they will not become ill.
This proves that there is the ability and willingness to pay for clean water – as long as the price is reasonable and the product is trustworthy. Africa Water Enterprises is looking forward to developing the eWATERtaps and replicating this system across other villages soon.