After over a century of dumping raw sewage into the sea, Sewerage Systems Ghana, an Engineering and Construction company is generating green electricity from raw faeces and turns the sludge into charcoal for communities.
Ghana’s raw sewage was dumped into the sea untreated, unfiltered and unsanitized until Sewerage Systems Ghana, an Engineering and Construction Company started generating green electricity from raw sewage and also turns it into charcoal for locals.
For decades the beach called Lavender Hill has been the dumping site for Accra’s raw sewage.
Until 2017, residents in that part of Accra had to deal with the cringing smell from the dumping site.
Worse, it served as a playing ground for children and where fisher folk go to catch fish.
The General Manager for Sewerage Systems Ghana, Florence Cobbold recounted her ordeal while attending school meters away from the dumping site.
‘’I attended a Senior High school just close by, St Mary's High school in the 80s and I smelled this thing for seven years,’’ Florence Cobbold decried.
In Accra, only one neighborhood is connected to a comprehensive sewage system, as result people using toilets in other parts have to rely on septic tanks to dispose faecal waste.
With untreated sewage comes cholera which struck over 700 people in Ghana in 2016.
Fortunately in 2017, Ghana’s first faecal treatment plant became operational with clean and safe services now available.
And a 2010 law against dumping sewage is also helping to address this problem.
The Head of Lab Research for Sewerage Systems Ghana, Ahmed Issahaku, also disclosed that Sewerage System Ghana is working at aquaculture to produce fish feed for Ghanaian communities.
Ahmed Issahaku, disclosed that his outfit uses sledge ‘’from the de-watery process to get charcoal. We also turn the same sledge into compost. We’re also working at aquaculture to get fish feed for our communities.’’
A resident in Accra, Sophia Kumatey, confirmed that ‘’in recent times the charcoal they find in the market is hard and much more difficult to use in making fire.’’
She bemoaned that it either burns out quickly or produces sparks which burns them.
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