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WWD 2024: Expert underlines need for technology, collaboration in achieving sustainable water solutions

The importance of technology and collaboration in achieving sustainable water solutions across Africa has been underlined.

Onyedikachi Erete
Onyedikachi Erete

Onyedikachi Erete, founder of Rector Cares Foundation, who made the submission at webinar the World Water Day 2024, highlighted the challenges faced by communities to include lack of integration, insufficient funding, and limited support.

“Technology plays a crucial role in tackling water scarcity,” Erete said. “Implementing solar-powered boreholes and deploying water purification technologies can provide reliable access to clean water.”

The webinar, which featured global water and technology experts, was titled “Innovation for Water Security and Africa’s Water Challenges.” It addressed the theme of World Water Day 2024, “Leveraging Water for Peace.”

The webinar featured prominent figures like Ernest Nwachukwu, Senior Key Accounts Manager at GRUNDFOS, and Judith Okoli, Sustainability Manager at UNICEF Headquarters, New York.

Okoli stressed the need for a comprehensive approach and collaboration to boost economic growth.

“We need effective policies and proper funding to support social initiatives like water access,” she said. “While infrastructure development thrives in city centers, environmental projects must also be prioritised.”

Nwachukwu, representing GRUNDFOS, emphasised leadership, behavioral change, and stricter regulations for project contractors as key factors in water management and conservation efforts across Nigeria.

The webinar raised awareness about the challenges of water access in Africa and explored potential solutions through technological advancements and collaborative efforts.

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