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Published: 16 October 2018

Engineering accolade for water sanitation project

A Surrey graduate has been recognised as one of the world’s leading young engineers for his work in bringing water to low-income communities in Ghana.

Emmanuel Adams
Emmanuel Adams

Emmanuel Adams is one of just 13 engineers, and the only African, named as winners of the Young Engineers Competition by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and will feature in its 50th anniversary book.

The competition highlights the best ideas and projects from young engineers around the world, who are progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Emmanuel, who graduated in 2015 with an MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering, has been recognised for his role in a World Bank-funded project to extend portable water supplies to villages and towns in the Great Accra region.

The scheme contributes to the SDG Goal six to improve sanitation and access to drinking water across the world. In Ghana, close to six million people rely on surface water to meet their daily water needs, leaving them vulnerable to water-related illness and disease.

The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project has improved the infrastructure and water supplies for thousands of homes in the area.

Emmanuel said: “I have a commitment to helping the country solve its water problems and I am very happy that the project ensures that people have access to a basic human need.”

The book featuring Emmanuel’s work will be issued during the WFEO Congress in London from 22-26 October.