The Ombala Yo Mungo Project involved Owini being called in to solve the problem of a commune located in the Ombadja municipality, Province of Cunene, Angola. Despite the huge amount of money invested by the government in drills, no operational water systems existed due to a lack of water. Owini installed two drills that reached brackish water and a fully solar powered desalination system using reverse osmosis technology to provide access to treated water for the local population.
The biggest challenge of the project was the lack of available fresh water and electricity. Additionally, sustainability of the system after implementation was a concern due to theft, vandalism, and a lack of follow-up by government authorities.
To tackle the challenges of lack of available fresh water and electricity, Owini installed two drills and a fully solar-powered desalination system using reverse osmosis technology to provide access to treated water for the local population. To address the sustainability concerns, the local population organized itself in security teams to safeguard the equipment and ensure its operation.
The impact of the project was significant. Access to treated water improved hygiene, reduced illnesses and deaths from water-borne diseases, and allowed more time for productive activities such as attending school. The project also provided employment opportunities for the local population, improving their income and livelihood. The social impact of the project was immense, as access to treated water changed the lives of those affected.
The lesson learned from the Ombala Yo Mungo Project is the importance of post-implementation organization to ensure the longevity of the system. This organization must be encouraged or even organized by the company to increase the odds that the systems built would serve the local population for many years.