Ghana Studies Bermuda’s Water System

August 10, 2019 | 12 Comments

[Written by Don Burgess]

Ghana is studying Bermuda’s system of collecting rain to help solve their water crisis.

The Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, recently visited the offices of OBMI Bermuda and met with regional director Colin Campbell.

Bermuda Water System Aug 2019 (2)

Mr Campbell gave a presentation on how Bermuda uses water harvesting through tanks, underground tanks, and water catchments.

Dr Leonard Teye-Botchway, the Bermudian Consular for Ghana, told Bernews that clean drinking water is a problem in various areas of Ghana and the Bermuda system could be a solution.

He said, “The notion of using rainwater harvesting to provide sustainable access to clean water in Ghana has been reviewed by a number of organizations. While the country has both surface water and groundwater resources, infrastructure for treating and distributing that water is underdeveloped.

“The country faces many infrastructure challenges, including climate change, and while total rainfall in Ghana is high, the country also experiences extended dry periods.”

Bermuda Water System Aug 2019 (1)

Mr Campbell told Bernews that the total rainfall in Ghana goes from 40 to 80 inches per year depending on the region, which is comparable to Bermuda’s 55 inches per year.

The party visited an old traditional Bermudian building and a house under construction to observe firsthand how the houses were built in the past and how building has evolved over the years.

Dr Teye-Botchway said, “The team was particularly fascinated by the scale of the underground tank for the new construction and appreciated how that could be very beneficial in most Ghanaian properties with regards to achieving a sustainable water supply.”

Mr Campbell felt it would work well in Ghana and help reduce costs. “Water harvesting would allow for people to be self-contained and not to rely on a state or the civil infrastructure.”

He said an exchange could start between architects in Bermuda and Ghana to talk about the feasibility of doing it in that country.

- Photos courtesy of OBMI

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  1. Real Deal says:

    This is good. We should be apart of the Rise of Africa.

  2. Yes, REAL DEAL.
    If O.B.A. was in the SEAT, they would care less.
    This is fantastic!! Maybe some Ghanans could come here to work too!!Not just Canadians, Filipinos, Americans, Indians.
    Great ideas are generated from the P.L.P.GOVERNMENT!!!

    • Question says:

      There’s already many Africans here working, in good jobs. Doesn’t fit your vile twisted narrative though does it.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Spot on as Betty herself would say.
        And furthermore Betty , this is hardly the first time that an overseas country has expressed interest in the way we handle our water supplies .

    • wahoo says:

      So let me get this straight. The PLP have just taught Ghana that rain water can be collected? Now we give them jobs? Wow!

  3. 2woke says:

    The “rise of Africa” will be tempered by its owners, the Chinese.

  4. 2woke says:

    “Maybe some Ghanans could come here to work too!!”

    Yes! then you can complain about them taking your jobs. LOL

  5. mohawk says:

    too bad the new airport didn’t listen to this solution

  6. Sharon says:

    Apart means separated. A part of means being included. Choose your words wisely. Just saying.

  7. PBanks says:

    Maybe this will help alleviate the concerns of those who thought the visit by the Ghanaians was some kind of boondoggle

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