Guaranteed and reliable repairs when hand pumps break down (Google / Opinionator)

Read at : Google Alert – images of the Africa Drought

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/to-maintain-water-pumps-it-takes-more-than-a-village/

To Maintain Water Pumps, It Takes More Than a Village

By TINA ROSENBERG

This is a follow-up to Friday’s column “Keeping the Water Flowing in Rural Villages.”

Readers responded with many practical ideas and incisive comments — some of them speaking from sad experience — to last Friday’s Fixes column on the sustainability of water pumps.  I wrote about a new program started recently by WaterAid in the north of India.  It trains local people, including many women, to repair water pumps. They now run businesses that charge villages low fees for quick, guaranteed and reliable repairs when their hand pumps break down.

WaterAid is responding to a problem seen around the world: governments and charitable groups install water pumps, wells and other village water systems, but pay insufficient attention to keeping them running.   Surveys show that between 30 and 40 percent of water points in rural Africa are out of commission.  Many will never be repaired.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

(continued)

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

%d bloggers like this: