Safe Water Network (SWN) is a safe water enterprise (SWE) operator in Ghana that manages 95 water stations in rural areas, small towns and peri-urban communities. The water stations are designed as a micro-utility to move households up the water service ladder and ensure that stations can adapt as population, demand and service level grow.
From April to June 2020, the government of Ghana imposed a free water mandate due to the COVID-19 crisis. That meant SWN stations could not collect any revenue while operating costs grew due to increased safety measures. The demand for water also rose, which resulted in a 20% increase in production during the mandate period.
Safe Water Network received funding from the Response Facility to offset the operation shortfall and ensure the continuous supply of water during the free water mandate.
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