Potable water for Mbelewa, Nkwen

This drive is initiated by sons and daughters of Nkwen in agreement with the Nkwen Village Water Project Management to raise money for both the extension of the current water distribution network to the Mbelewa Quarter of Nkwen and improve on the volume of potable water supply in Nkwen.
For sympathizers with an MTN Cameroon Mobile Money wallet, please forward your donation to the Cameroonian MoMo account number 671712690 under the name Freelance Services.

The Water Project Management can be reached by email at [email redacted]

As of now the Water project office has built a new catchment for increasing the volume of water in the network. The funds from this campaign will go specifically to buying, digging and laying of the 3.5km pipeline from the catchment to the old scan water then to the main line. A pipe is 6meters. The diameter pipe is 110 which costs 21000 FCFA each, so 585×21000= 12, 2,855,000FCFA. (1 FCFA or XAF = USD0.0019; 1FCFA = GBP0.0013; 1FCFA = EUR0.0015 on 04 february 2018) Of this amount, the Nkwen Water Project has already raised 4 million FCFA and has secured labour from the villagers for digging of the pipeline. That leaves a balance of 8 million FCFA this campaign is targeting before February 28th 2018. The campaign is targeted at all sons and daughters, friends, wellwishers and other stakeholders both in Cameroon and abroad. Should you have any suggestions or questions for the Water Project Management team, please contact them via the GoFundMe contacts provided. Here follows a brief introduction of the Nkwen village and the potable water supply challenge the village currently faces. Bamenda, also known as Abakwa, sprawling over the north-western plateau of Cameroon, is the capital city of the North West Region. It is situated 366 km north-west of the administrative capital of Cameroon, Yaounde. Known for its cool climate and scenic hilly location, Bamenda is all about a city and a people whose commitment to self-reliance sets the pace in individual and collective development. Because of a common and shared history, hospitality is a legendary asset of the people of Bamenda, principally constituted today of the seven villages of Mankon, Nkwen, Mendankwe, Mbatu, Chomba, Njah and Nsongwa.The villages of Bambui and Bambili have also grown into the larger metropolis of Bamenda. – a veritable socio-cultural melting pot. The Nkwen people are an integral part of the BAFUT tribe which originated from Tikari and moved through Kom and via Wum to Mbebeli, a quarter in present day BAFUT. The people fall under one of the Sudanic races claiming racial affinity with the Tikari groups that migrated and settled in the Bamenda area, either from the Ndobo or Kimbi area in the upper Mbam river around Foumban. The last 30 years have seen an explosion in the population of Nkwen and the socio-economic role it plays in the Northwest region. Not only has Nkwen become the de facto seat of education housing thousands of students in all levels of academic institutions but it has also been the base to many small and medium sized enterprises. The logical consequence of this growth is the demand for water. Healthy pure water for domestic and industrial use has been a major call for concern in the village. To meet this challenge, the Nkwen people and the Bamenda 3 Council under which the village lies have met the challenge by developing and are maintaining their own water supply. The section below details the water project journey so far. The water scheme is a purification plant that has as of source a waterfall located at Menteh quarter in Nkwen. The distance of pipeline from the catchment point to the treatment centre is 1.8km and water runs by gravity. This is because there is an altitude difference of 62m between the catchment and the treatment centre which permit the smooth flow of water by gravity. This purification plant constitutes three sedimentation filters that was constructed on a basement plate. The production capacity of each of this filter is 8m3 making a total of 24m3. These filters produce 450litres of water per minute, 27000litres per hour and 648000litres of water per day as of total production capacity at zero consumption. Based on an average daily consumption, per home, of 200 litres of water, then, this scheme can supply close to 3240 homes daily. The reservoir at the moment is 80m3 which can be refilled four times a day at continuous consumption. The turbidity of this water ranges from 0.1- 0.006 compared to W.H.O standard s of 1 – 5ntu.  Chlorine ranges from 0.2 - 0.35, PH from 7 - 8.5 and temperature 18- 22 c. Bacteria has never been found for the past two years of supply. The current distribution network runs through nine quarters Menteh, Nkeung, Namoh, Ntamuche, Ntahkikah, Ntaghem 1, Nkwasi , Netene-Netene, Ntaghem 2.  The supply network has a total distance of about 45km. Most of these quarters have stand pipes installed from which the people benefit directly especially those who are unable to pipe water to their homes. We have a total of about seven public taps from which the population get portable drinking water. Statistically, 620 private homes have been connected with water. The constant supply of water to the population by this scheme varies with the seasons. In the dry season the volume and therefore pressure of water is very low, but the quality is more assured and reliable than in the rainy season.  This is because in the rainy season, there is abundance of water but during heavy down pour, the turbidity of water is so poor (about 200ntu and above). Water in this condition cannot be sent to the filters for filtration. But during the dry season, turbidity on raw water remains between 3- 15 NTU and therefore filtration can run for 24 hours without interruption.


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Sammy Awambeng 
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