Ghana’s sanitation coverage stands at 15% – this means that only 15 in every 100 Ghanaians have access to sanitation facilities and services. The challenges to sanitation in Ghana (and other developing countries) are linked to the inability to create proper disposal points for solid waste, lack of sanitation technologies among other reasons.
With Ghana’s increasing population, wastewater treatment plants are having a hard time keeping up and only 25% of the urban wastewater generated is treated with the remaining wastewater discharged into the open drains untreated.
Trimark Aquaculture Centre, founded by Mark Yeboah Agyepong, recovers nutrients from wastewater for fish culture. Currently, Trimark Aquaculture is treating wastewater from the Chirapatre Estate in Kumasi, Ghana and using the nutrients recovered in the rearing of the African Catfish.
Recognized for their outstanding effort in the management of urban liquid waste using innovative technologies, partnerships and financing models, Trimark Aquaculture Centre won the ultimate prize- $100,000- for Private Partnerships with MMDAs (Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies) at the Sanitation Challenge Awards 2019 in Accra, Ghana.