Construction of water schemes in five LGAs in Enugu State brings clean water and sanitation to 10, 000 people

25 November 2020
RAIN project

ENUGU, Nigeria, November 24, 2020—Today, The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF), WaterAid Nigeria and the South Saharan Development Organisation (SSDO) joined the Enugu State Government in celebrating a nineteen-month project that brought sustainable clean water and sanitation to over 10, 000 residents in and around Nsukka, Ezeagu, Uzo-Uwani, Isiuzo and Enugu South local government areas in Enugu State, under the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). RAIN, launched in 2009, is Coca-Cola’s response to the water crises communities across Africa are facing. It will reach 6 million people across Africa with improved access to safe water by 2020.

The ceremony marked the completion of a NGN300 million project that improved the lives of poor people in under-resourced communities in Enugu State through the expansion of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; which also promoted income generating businesses for women, girls and youth.

In spite of the slow progress nationally, Enugu State’s WASH access rates is still low, especially in the face of rapid population growth and increasing urbanisation. Recent data shows that only 38% of the state’s population has access to decent sanitation, with 40% still defecating in the open. About 28% of the population is without access to basic water supply services, relying on contaminated streams and rivers, unlined and unprotected wells to meet their needs.[1]

To help address some of these challenges, one motorised water scheme was constructed in Umuabor in Nsukka LGA; five new boreholes equipped with hand pumps were constructed at Ugwuaji community, Enugu South LGA; 11 boreholes were rehabilitated with hand pumps in Isi-Uzo, Uzo-Uwani LGAs; and one solar powered motorised borehole was rehabilitated in Ezeagu LGA in Enugu State. These infrastructures were followed with the formation and training of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committees (WASHCOMS) and Water Consumers Associations (WCAS) in host communities, which economically empowered members, 50 of whom were women and youth, in borehole hand pump repairs.

Evelyn Mere, Country Director of WaterAid said:

“WaterAid is proud to have been part of this project and the partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised through improved access to sustainable clean water and sanitation. Access to water, sanitation and hygiene services are fundamental to improving lives, health, livelihoods, gender equality, education outcomes and for driving economic and sustainable development. Now, more than ever, the basic human rights to these essential services must be upheld, with particular attention given to the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalised segments of the population who are most vulnerable to infectious diseases such as COVID-19. We must ensure we leave no one behind.”

Mere further stated that she was delighted that the project had delivered on its objectives of providing over 10, 000 residents with clean water and sanitation as well as stimulating grassroots economic empowerment.

During the ceremony, the project was officially handed over to the Enugu State Government.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Hon. Anthony Dubem Onyia Jr said:

“The State Ministry of Water Resources and by extension, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, appreciates The Coca-Cola Foundation’s flagship initiative and WaterAid for this project. The establishment of the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) in communities has put us on the right track to ensuring sustainable and inclusive sanitation for everyone. The selection and training of sanitation business owners, door to door agents and scheme operators has also economically benefitted residents while expanding access to clean water and sanitation. Hon. Dubem assured that the State Ministry was committed to ensuring sustainable use and maintenance of the water schemes to the benefit of the host communities.”

Speaking on The Coca Cola Foundation’s global commitment under its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria said:

“RAIN is The Coca-Cola Foundation's flagship community programme contributing to helping Africa achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access (SDG 6). RAIN would have improved the lives of 6 million people in Nigeria and across Africa by the end of 2020. We are excited to be part of this and several partnership opportunities to deliver on this ambitious 10-year goal. At Coca-Cola, we believe access to sustainable water and sanitation is one of the hallmarks of community development and one that catalyzes sustainable enterprise development. The imperative of health and wellness through improved hygiene cannot be over-emphasized in the era of COVID-19 pandemic. We are hopeful that these facilities will sustainably enhance the health and wellness of the beneficiary communities."



For more information, please contact:

Oluseyi Abdulmalik, WaterAid Nigeria’s Communications & Media Manager, on [email protected] or +234 803 431 2391.

About WaterAid

WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 27 million people with clean water and 27 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit,; follow @WaterAidNigeria, @WaterAid or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at,

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) is an entity funded through Coca-Cola that implements community development programs throughout Africa. TCCAF has committed resources and is collaborating with partners to provide communities with improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), to contribute to strengthening Africa’s health systems through Project Last Mile, and to create opportunities for youth empowerment through the Youth Empowered for Success (YES) program.

The Foundation’s community activities focus on three key areas central to life in Africa: water, health systems strengthening and empowerment. By providing assistance in the most critical areas of need, TCCF strives to improve the quality of life for communities in Africa and expand the opportunities for those who live there.  Additionally, The Coca-Cola  Foundation is involved in humanitarian assistance in Africa, for disaster relief and emergency assistance.

About the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN)

In response to the severe water challenges faced by nearly 300 million Africans living without access to clean water, The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) introduced RAIN in 2009. RAIN is Coca-Cola’s contribution to helping Africa achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access. To date, RAIN had reached more than 2.6 million people with improved water access across 37 countries. By the end of 2020, RAIN aims to measurably improve the lives of at least six (6) million people in Africa through sustainable water access, sanitation, and hygiene interventions.

The Coca-Cola Foundation’s flagship programme is making a positive difference in 35 of 55 of African countries by promoting happy and healthy lives.


  • 785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.[2]
  • 2 billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[3]
  • Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's around 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[4]
  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[5]
  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[6]

In Nigeria*:

  • Only 9% of the population have access to combined water, sanitation and hygiene services.
  • 60 million people (30% of the population) lack access to clean water close to home.
  • 112 million people (56% of the population) lack decent toilets.
  • 46 million people (23% of the population) practice open defecation.
  • 167 million people (84% of the population) lack basic handwashing facilities.
  • Only 14% of schools have basic water and sanitation services.
  • Only 7% of healthcare facilities have basic water and sanitation services.
  • Only 14% of parks and markets have basic water and sanitation services.

[1] 2019 WASH National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH NORM)

[4] Prüss-Ustün et al. (2014) and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2018)

[5] World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage


*2019 WASH National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH NORM)