Project sees over 700,000 Africans get access to clean water

10 December 2010

More than 700,000 people in Africa have benefited from a water infrastructure improvement project.

According to the Associated Press, a scheme originally developed by rock band Jars of Clay has helped up to 1,000 communities on the continent gain access to safe, clean drinking water.

They founded an organisation called Blood:Water Mission to coordinate the 1,000 Wells Project and over $7 million (£4.4 million) has been raised to help the area over the last five years.

"It is about health and it is about sanitation and clean water, but just under that there's this human dignity piece," Charlie Lowell, a member of the group said.

Now they have achieved that aim, guitarist Stephen Mason remarked they may try and expand it to 10,000 wells as they want to enhance water infrastructure in Africa on a grander scale.

The New Times recently reported $120 million will be invested by the African Development Bank in water and sanitation projects on Lake Victoria.

Category: Water

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