WaterAid Nigeria provides clean, sustainable water to Adamawa, Bauchi communities

WaterAid Nigeria, through the third phase of the Water Replenishment Project (WRPIII) funded by Diageo, has provided access to at least 52,000 cubic metres of sustainable, clean water for close to 9,000 people in five farming communities in Adamawa and Bauchi States.

WRPIII was implemented in Farang and Kola communities of Adamawa State as well as Magama Gari, Riga, and Tsoma communities in Bauchi State. In addition to the provision of clean water, the project also improved the sanitation and hygiene behaviours of the target population through community-led total sanitation, combined with sanitation marketing and hygiene behaviour change approaches such as context-specific messaging and exposures, community events and household follow up sessions.  

In line with its system strengthening approach, WaterAid Nigeria worked with the Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (STWSSA), Local Government WASH Units and other partners to establish and train community management structures such as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committees (WASHCOMs), Volunteer Hygiene Promoters (VHPs), and Water Consumer Associations (WCAs) for the sustainability of the intervention in both states. The community WASH-based structures were also trained on hygiene promotion for continuous reinforcement of hygiene behaviours messages.

With the newly installed water schemes, communities can now reduce the number of hours spent looking for and fetching water, and focus more of their time and effort on their farms – the main source of their livelihoods – and on other productive activities.

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