The overall goal of the SafeWaterAfrica project is to develop, introduce and apply a new and “Made in Africa” autonomous water purification system with an adapted and integrated European low energy water treatment technology. The system will be designed to provide 300 people in rural areas with safe water. The project includes capacity building and business development so that system ownership and responsibility are in the hands of the local rural communities. The joint European-African development will result in a low-cost solution easy to handle and operate. It will take into account the specific cultural aspects of the region and will be designed for operation with local staff and in the responsibility of local communities or local water service providers, respectively.
- SafeWaterAfrica will generate the technological basis for innovative business models related to the development of water treatment products, which are produced, installed, operated and maintained in Africa.
- The resulting creation of new jobs will contribute to the social well-being and will promote economic growth in the rural and peri-urban areas of the southern African countries.
- These “Made in Africa” systems will therefore have a high level of acceptance in the rural areas which promotes the implementation of the technology.