It is important that recipients are not dependent on aid for the continued operation of the new water resource

How is this achieved? A participatory approach, appropriate technology and training is the key to sustainability.  We ensure our water systems are designed to suit the skills of the potential operators and that people are correctly trained in governing and maintaining their new water resource. 

Community Demand Driven‚Äč

  • Community and village leaders must request their need for a water well in writing to our partners .

  • Our partners conduct a village site assessment to determine their water scarcity needs. 

Training

  • Water User Committees (WUC's) are put in place to manage the water facility.  WUC members are nominated by villager leaders.

  • Partners provide training on the use and maintenance of the equipment

  • Partners provide training on water user committee governance. The WUC's role is to collect equitable fees from each water user to be used for the maintenance and repairs to the Well.

  • Partners provide training to a team of technicians, selected by community members, who will provide the  maintenance and repairs on each Well. 

Participatory Approach

  • Before construction begins, partners pre-engage local community members to educate them on their responsibilities and obligations to the sustainability of the water well. They are encouraged to take ownership of the well before it is in place.

  • Written consent by the land owner is obtained from the community member on whose land the the water well will be constructed. 

  • During construction, the community actively contributes by providing food and accommodation to the well installation team. 

Monitoring & Measuring

  • Beneficiaries must play an active role in the projects and are encouraged to take responsibility for the sustainability of their new water well.

  • Partners continually monitor and offer refresher training and operation evaluation to the WUC periodically to ensure they are working properly.

  • BridgIT personnel and donors conduct regular monitoring and evaluation site visits to ensure the sustainability of the equipment. 

Sustainability is dependent on community participation, suitable technology, training and monitoring

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