First Phase of Water Testing and Introduction to Nigerian Team!

Our U.S. team has officially all returned from Nigeria! We were able to get so much accomplished on our trip to Anambra State. We also assembled an awesome, capable team of individuals living in Nigeria to assist us in our future endeavors. We want to formally introduce Raluchukwu Odimegwu, Project Manager and Kenechukwu Odimegwu, Nigeria Logistics Manager to the Exquisite Water team!

During our trip we tested water in three different areas and three different water sources, a river bed, a borehole, and a spring, that are in use by people in villages at this very moment. It was an eye-opening experience to be able to go to these places and talk to the people in the villages about their thoughts on the current water sources.

Exqusite Water Director Amanda Sunny and Nigeria Logistics Manager Kenechukwu Odimegwu testing water in a river near a rura village in Anambra State.

Exqusite Water Director Amanda Sunny and Nigeria Logistics Manager Kenechukwu Odimegwu testing water in a river near a rura village in Anambra State.

The first place we tested was a river close to a village. The water sources that people use are often filtered into the river. Since it is rainy season in Nigeria, there was an abundance of rain that day. It wasn’t ideal, but the team was still able to get the job done. The water testing was very successful and they were able to get a clear understanding of the types of harmful bacteria and chemicals that were lurking in the water sources.

The second site was at Onyedibe spring in Ukpo town, Anambra State, Nigeria. We were able to test the spring as well as speak to the Ukpo Town Representative and Liaison, Okoye Nnajiofor. He helped us understand some of the problems facing the town and explain the daily habits of the people there.We were troubled by a lot of the things we found in the water and it propelled us to take action right away.

From Left to Right, Kenechukwu Odimegwu, Exquisite Water Nigeria Logistics, Raluchukwu Odimegwu, ExquisiteWater Project Manager, Amanda Sunny, ExquisiteWater Director, and Okoye Nnajiofor ‘John’, Ukpu Town Indigen and Representative and Liaison.

Amanda Sunny, Raluchukwu Odimegwu, Kenechukwu Odimegwu talking to villagers at a borehole in Anambra State.

Amanda Sunny, Raluchukwu Odimegwu, Kenechukwu Odimegwu talking to villagers at a borehole in Anambra State.

The final site we visited was a borehole in a village that many people use as their main water source. We were told the water was moderately filtered, but we decided to go ahead and test them. We were also able to talk to some of the people that use it to get their water everyday and get their opinion about the water source.

We got in contact with the Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Resource Management in Awka, the capital of Anambra State. They were very interested in our findings and enthusiastic about taking a step towards cleaning up the water in the area. In addition to testing the water we were also able to test prototypes of different water filters that can be used for a extended period of time. We tested three different types of water filters and were thrilled at the results.
They all showed very promising results in filtering large amounts of water and being durable for many different types of environments. We will continue to test these filters and hopefully begin to work with the village heads to slowly implement them in the villages. Our second trip was very successful and we hope to continue our efforts with the help of our Nigeria team and the villages we are working with.


Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Resources Project Manager’s Office in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. From Left to Right: Ekene, CEO of a Vocational Certification NGO for the Youth in Anambra State and former Director of Protocol for the former Anambra State Speaker of the House, Andy, PMU, Water Quality Officer and RUWASA (Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency), Raluchukwu Odimegwu, Project Manager in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria, Amanda Sunny, ExquisiteWater Director and Victor, Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Resources Project Manager in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

ExquisiteWater, Inc. Goes International!


Who We Are: ExquisiteWater, Inc. is a charitable public health consulting company dedicated to providing clean water to rural and underprivileged communities around the world and to eventually eliminate adverse health effects caused by waterborne diseases. And ExquisiteWater has officially started our first pilot in Nigeria! Our director, Amanda Sunny left for Nigeria on July 5th until the 14th to attend the very successful annual Anambra State Association World Medical Mission and Health Summit 2015. The medical mission consisted of a group of 50 volunteers (physicians, ophthalmologists, pharmacists, nurses, and general volunteers) whom traveled to six rural villages in Anambra State, Nigeria (Agbaghana, Obosi, Ihembosi, Ozubelu, and Oba) with donated prescription eye glasses and pharmaceutical care. In each village, the missions’ team was able to serve at least 1,500 people with a six day total of at least 9,000 people seen; including some individuals whom have never seen a doctor before.

During the Pilot Trip: In the midst of our preliminary trip with the medical mission and health summit presentation, we were able to learn how to manage securing operations within a village as well as the importance of good communication. While Amanda was there, she presented our ExquisiteWater mission for the communities in Anambra State, Nigeria to the 250+ attendees and spoke to the state’s Commissioner of Health and his Special Services Agent, as well as communicating with the state’s governor.

*Upcoming Research Trip and Governor Consultation: ExquisiteWater is now preparing to make our first water testing trip on September 19th, 2015 to Idemili South, Anambra State, Nigeria. The team has been awarded two sponsored tickets through the Best Travel Store, Travel Agency; however, we are still seeking support for two more flight tickets, for our research team of four, as well as support for water testing equipment.

During Research Trip and Governor Consultation: We will test the top surface water sources (rivers, springs, streams or lakes) in three towns found within Idemili South, Anambra State. The research team anticipates these parameter levels to exceed those recommended by the World Health Organization and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed water testing kits to be used are streamlined, low cost, high accuracy and easily managed by a small team of public health professionals. All results will be documented in the form of a research paper and will be presented to the state’s Governor, Dr. Willie Obianno, a representative from the Anambra State Water and Sanitation Department and the Commissioner of Health during the September consultation.

Resulting policies that are implemented will reduce the risk of cancer, thyroid and parathyroid, and skin damage for the rural area population in Idemili South, Anambra State. The resultants or outcome from the focus, pilot area of Idemili study will be extended to the other local Areas of Anambra State. Improved access to safe drinking water will also decrease the loss of manpower within the local community due to ill health of typhoid and paratyphoid fever (an average recovery period of these illnesses is between one to three weeks); instead, there will be a boost in healthier and vital community which will factor into an increase in local GDP.

*This activity does not involve research with identifiable individual human subjects of or about themselves, in other words this project does not implicate human subject research; rather, the project proposes an international water pilot study.


Beginning Our Journey in Nigeria

Hey Everyone!

We have officially started our first pilot in Nigeria! Our director Amanda Sunny left for Nigeria on July 6th. While she’s there she will be presenting our mission for the communities in Anambra State, Nigeria to the government officials of that area. She will also be collecting water sample from the villages that our water initiatives are starting in. Once she’s collected this data she will travel back to the United States and further testing will take place there. For more information about this project you can visit the Our Projects page.