Water resilience is about having a reliable water supply that can adapt and respond to change. The goal of a Water Resilience Program for Ghana is to ensure our region has a sustainable and resilient water system, both now and for the future. Water interruptions can have devastating effects on a community, from the loss of economic revenue to the loss of lives. There are numerous causes for water service interruptions including: Aging infrastructure, power outages, extreme weather events, cyberattacks, contamination Incidents, vandalism and fires. Understanding the potential impacts can help water utilities and Communities be more prepared for any emergency and be resilient.


The Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Guide will guide and help Ghana water utilities and communities prepare for water service interruptions before an emergency occurs by:

  • Promoting a better understanding of public-private sector interdependencies.
  • Fostering a greater understanding of water infrastructure and the potential impacts from a loss of service.
  • Identifying the actions and resources needed to increase resilience by starting a conversation between water utilities and the community.
  • Assisting stakeholders in building strong response plans for water service interruptions.

The guide is designed to be utilized by drinking water and wastewater utilities, national primacy agencies, hospitals, emergency responders, emergency managers, elected officials and all concerned citizenry.