Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUSTAINABLE PORTABLE WATER CARE FACILITY
Explain your idea in details:
The key objective of this project is to proffer a solution to underground water challenges resulting from high concentration of limestone that affects portable water availability which poses great health hazards to in the region. It is imperative to note that rapid and low-cost portable water supply services and sanitation provision for communities, health care facilities, and schools is critical to enable hand washing, hygiene, and disinfection especially with the prevalence of COVID-19 according to WASH. To ensure prompt and constant portable water supply, this facility will be installed in 6 strategic locations in the state and the facility in each centre is designed to include: (i) provision and operation of compact water treatment plants; (ii) construction and operation of water kiosk points and sanitation facilities to deliver water in strategic urban or rural points; and/or (iii) provision and operation of trucks for water delivery and water tankers, including adequate water storage to service the end users.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our market survey shows that water production facilities in Ebonyi State were rarely operated to 20% capacity due to broken down equipment, or lack of power or fuel for pumping among others. Furthermore, the outbreak of corona virus has proved the urgent need to increase portable water availability in this region. However, our target is the semi urban and rural regions of the state. The customer base are expected to flow from the three groups of users: I) Households without water connections who access water through kiosks. 2) Metered households and 3) Users of the mobile toilets and sanitation facility. They are based on estimations of water demand by the three usage groups and their corresponding water tariffs. Morealso, as part of measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in our vulnerable region, we have developed this project which provides solutions to: 1. Rapid, low-cost water service provision for communities, health care facilities and schools that currently lack access to a reliable and safe water supply. This will therefore enable hand washing, hygiene and disinfection. 2. Quick, just-in-time community water access points/water kiosks (potentially including provision of soap) in unserved semi urban and rural areas, and for unserved health care facilities and schools. 3. The establishment of this project in different rural communities in Ebonyi State is not only health impactful to the unserved semi urban and rural communities but critical for both containing the virus and lowering its immediate impact and aftermath. This facilities is expected to supply 50,000 cubic meters daily to different categories of end users.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The business model is based on the technical infrastructure solution which we provide. The following business operational model will be used: 1. Water supply to local residents through water kiosks. 2. Water supply to medium to high-cost housing units with standalone metered house connections (where it is expected that households pay for connections) 3. Mobile Sanitary facilities for community or market places through an ablution facility whose primary purpose is to provide buyers and sellers with toilet, hand washer, shower & laundry and drinking facilities. Financing Sources: In summary, there is a strong socio-economic justification for the project. While the project is financially profitable, its returns are not sufficient to attract private sector finance due to the long payback period and risk associated with peri-urban / rural water supply. Consequentially, external grant financing from donor agencies will therefore be required to cover the capital investment or a long repayment tenor will be appreciated. Should this be secured, the Cost Benefit Analysis indicates that the project is strongly operationally sustainable. We are currently in talks with Environmental World Products China for equipment supplies, Urban & Rural Water Board in Ebonyi State, Nigeria Water and Sanitation Association to ensure quality compliance. Most of all, the village head and community leaders in these region are very excited about this project and are willing to support through allocation of project site among others.
I am 34 years old sociopreneur and citizen of Federal Republic of Nigeria; born and raised in the water drought area of Ebonyi State. Growing up in this state, i understand the challenges been experienced by the habitats in this region especially with unavailability of portable water as the underground water is contaminated and unsuitable for consumption. The water consumed in this geographical region of the country are been produced and supply from neighbouring states like Enugu, Anambra and Imo States which is about 2 to 4 hours minimum drive to any of this neighbouring states. Furthermore, the present serious health risks and predicaments suffered by the inhabitants as a result of lack of portable water have been multiplied with advent of COVID 19, leaving the vulnerable helpless especially in the rural communities. To address the scale of need stemming from this pandemic, we will have to draw from all of our creativity and innovation on how we can cushion the effect on the most vulnerable in our communities. It is a shared responsibility and opportunity for us because the work we do each day requires it. To accomplish our mission, we recognize that we must design the best solutions that are capable of meeting the unique needs of our community. And this is one of such solution. As graduate of project management technology and field work experience as a project manager is an added advantage to the successful execution and implementation of this project. Similarly, haven been in the business of table water production and marketing for over 6 years, i have got what it takes to drive this project.