The need for water and sanitation in Ethiopia is severe. Just under half of the population has access to an improved water supply, and only 21% of the population has access to adequate sanitation services. Water related diseases was one of the top reasons for death in the Jeldu District of Ethiopia.
Petros Network is always looking for partners who would be willing to assist with the severe water issues facing the 1100 villages we work in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda. We have been able to supply small wells, but the need across Africa is so severe there is always a concern. Please contact us for information on how you can partner with our leaders.
WATER IMPROVEMENTS IN GOJO, ETHIOPIA
Water for the World (W4W), led by George Wilson took the initiative to assist with severe water issues in Gojo, Ethiopia. Gojo is the location of the Petros Network training center and guest house. He writes:
The plight of the water condition in Gojo:
The town of Gojo is blessed with abundant (100 gpm) and clean (potable, as measured by the government in 2010) spring water. And where there is abundant clean water, people settle. By last count Gojo Town has a population estimated at 60,000. The plight is that the water is not equally available to everyone. The frustration of those without ready access to water is immense, with community meetings deteriorating into shouting and, in some cases, physical attacks.
What you are trying to do with God’s help (your prayers are needed):
In cooperation with the community, W4W is directing efforts to see that water from the spring is equally distributed throughout Gojo Town. This is not a small undertaking for the reasons underlying the unequal distribution of spring water throughout Gojo Town is complex and multifaceted. Here are a few of these reasons:
- The spring is located in elevation 400′ below and 1.5 miles to the west of the reservoir high point. The population is distributed all along the western slope and along a relatively level region east of the reservoir.
- The pump installed to lift the spring water to the reservoir do not operate for a number of reasons, electrical power being primary. The adequacy of the pump for the required lift is still to be determined.
- The pipe from the pump to the reservoir was incorrectly installed. It should have gone directly to the reservoir with a separate return line west and east of the reservoir.
- The change in elevation along the western slope of Gojo Town makes it impossible to distribute flows equally with a simple line as would be the case with a level line east of the reservoir.