Inauguration of Takui Water Catchment

The Takui spring water catchment system, a project that was only started a couple months ago, is now open and bringing fresh, clean water to the people of the village!

A large group turned out for the opening of the new catchment system.

This project is very exciting, not only for the difference that it will make in the quality of life for local residents, but because of the great amount of local collaboration that helped bring the project to fruition. Nearly all labor was carried out by local volunteers, who were overseen by a rural water engineer.

The hard work pays off! Women wait in line to fill their containers from the new taps.

Takui village consists of approximately 2,500 people, 750 of whom live in the central town, and all of whom will now have easy access to this water. The high number of people concentrated around the water source has caused sanitation problems in the past.

The new catchment system replaces a single pipe flowing into open air. With no method in place for storing water during the high flowing wet season, the spring dried up during the six-month dry season.

The new water catchment system consists of two storage tanks and buried pipelines. Two water spigots allow villagers to shut off the water flow when not in use.

The water catchment system cannot come at a better time. Cholera has been spreading at an alarming rate throughout Cameroon, particularly in the northern parts of the country. Cholera has claimed the lives of hundreds of Cameroonians this year and thousands more suffer from infection, yet this disease is easily preventable and treatable with good hygiene and sanitation practices and access to abundant clean water. Water catchments such as the one in Takui are an important way that villagers can protect their water sources from contamination and ensure adequate drinking water year round.  Accompanying public education about public and personal hygiene is being offered by the HI Total Health Center.

Rural water engineer Visi Edwin tests the water quality before opening the taps up for public use.

A sign posted by the well invites villagers to enjoy the water and includes important guidelines for keeping the catchment from becoming contaminated.

A community leader makes a speech in praise of the catchment and the villagers’ hard work in completing it. He says, “not only have we been given water, but we have also been given life and we are not going to die from cholera. My children will drink the water and my children’s children will do the same.”

A few days after the new catchment was opened, an official inauguration ceremony was held. A huge crowd came to the inauguration, including the Village Head. The inauguration was a celebration of great joy and pride in Takui!