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Special Treat Project

The Special Treat Project aims to improve the living conditions of 300,000 people by enhancing sanitation, collection & treatment of waste water and retrieving energy & nutrients from the residues. The project is to contribute to making an end to open defecation and illegal dumping of sewage. The Project will in a phased manner design, construct, manage, operate and maintain 10 public sanitation blocks and 3 waste water treatment plants (free of stench) with an accumulated capacity of 300,000 inhabitants equivalent. At each of the three locations production facilities for biogas, fertilizer and irrigation water is to be produced. A solid enabling environment programme will strengthen the business case and mitigate risks

Project Period            2015-2020


The Special Treat Project will build 6 public sanitation blocks and 3 treatment facilities with production of biogas, compost and irrigation water. The Special Treat Project will create an enabling environment for sanitation service, collection and treatment of waste water and recycling of nutrients. We will use a participatory approach, involving problem-owners, relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries, capitalise on the intrinsic motivation of all and add technical and organisational expertise. Activities will include baselines studies, plans awareness campaigns, training, demos, binding contracts, frameworks and spot-on consultancy.

 Output |

 The Special Treat Project's most eye-catching results will be the public sanitation blocks and the waste water treatment plants and the compost making facilities and biogas installations. However, for sustainability more is needed and so the outputs of the project will also include a suitable enabling environment with capacitated people and organizations to maintain and master these outputs during and after the project period of 5 years. 


 The Special Treat Project will work shoulder to shoulder with problem owners to realize the enabling environment in which authorities and private sector spearhead initiatives for sustainable sanitation services, waste water management and nutrients recycling. 6,000 extra people will have daily access to public toilets and a better waste water system will be in place to purify water and produce energy for cooking and light and to produce composts, biogas and irrigation water for fish farming. Finally, the local government and municipalities will ensure effective compliance to rules and regulations developed for a more clean and hygienic environment.


The Special Treat Project will impact the sanitation, hygiene and day-to-day living standards of 300,000 people in the Greater Accra area and the Eastern Region. It will increase water quality, decrease water-borne diseases and decrease mortality and morbidity; it will enhance economic growth with more business opportunities and direct jobs in sanitation, waste water collection and transportation, construction and indirectly in agriculture, retail and tourism. Reduced illness rates will offer residents more time to engage in education and income generation and positively affect the level of household incomes.


Project Partners

  MDF Training & Consultancy BV

  Gieling Consultancy

  Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies

  J Stanley Owusu Ltd

  Ga West, Ga Central and Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipal Assemblies