RWSN Thèmes

Développement de l’accès durable à l’eau souterraine

L’eau souterraine permet à un nombre significatif d’habitants en milieu rural d’avoir accès à une eau potable sûre, et cela va continuer à être le cas dans le future. L’eau souterraine est relativement omniprésente, mais ses caractéristiques varient énormément et son exploitation est souvent entreprise avec une compréhension limitée de l’hydrogéologie et sans une évaluation suffisante de la ressource. Dans certains endroits, une utilisation intensive de la ressource en eau souterraine pour l’agriculture a conduit à des prélèvements trop importants et a eu pour conséquence que cette dernière est devenue hors d’atteinte pour un usage domestique du fait que les niveaux des nappes ont baissé. Il y a également des régions où la qualité de l’eau souterraine n’est pas adaptée à une consommation humaine (par exemple à cause de concentrations élevées en arsenic, fluor, fer ou nitrate, ou du fait de la contamination liée à l’homme comme un assainissement faible ou un déversement accidentel de pétrole ou de produits chimiques).

L’objectif du thème « Développement de l’accès durable à l’eau souterraine » est le suivant : les ressources en eau souterraines sont bien prises en considération et utilisées de manière durable pour développer l’approvisionnement en eau potable ». Le thème a trois sous-thèmes :

  • Les technologies des pompes manuelles ;
  • Les forages à moindre coût ;
  • La gestion à moindre coût des ressources en eau

Related Resources

- Atelier Final, Dakar, Senegal, 8 Avrill 2015: Utilisation de la télédétection et de la modélisation du terrain pour l'identification des zones favorables aux forages manuels

- Final Workshop, Dakar, 8 April 2015: Remote sensing and terrain modelling to identify suitable zones for manual drilling in Africa

This set of presentation was given at the closing workshop in Dakar, 8 April 2015 of the UPGro Catalyst project : "Use of remote sensing and terrain modelling to map manual drilling potential in Senegal and Guinea" | more information »

Water Source Protection

Exploring ways to incentivise citizens and organisations to manage shared water resources in a fair, equitable way.

What is a Water Source Protection Plan?
A Water Source Protection Plan can be an extension of Water Safety Planning. The plan is an agreed statement between stakeholders that establishes objectives, actions, responsibilities and funding. However, it should go beyond the needs of the water infrastructure and actively look for win-win opportunities:

Key Messages
Important to sensitise land and water users in catchments to the impacts of their actions on others; aligning their self-interests with the wider collective interest is vital for avoiding conflict and protecting the rights of poorest, and the quality of the natural environment.

Bottom-up planning is essential where conventional permitting, monitoring and enforcement is ineffective or under-resourced.

More evidence is needed to show how effective locally-focused water source protection and resource management are when scaled up beyond resource-intensive pilot projects. | more information »

UPGro Catalyst projects

A synthesis and individual project activities and results

This report summarises the contribution to groundwater knowledge of the 15 catalyst projects funded through the UPGro programme between 2013 and 2014, plus the The Africa Groundwater Atlas and Literature Archive.
The projects worked in 12 individual countries (see next page - some countries had more than one project), and three had an Africa-wide focus or component.
At the time of writing two of the 15 projects are still running (Velasquez-Orta and Colombo). The Groundwater Atlas project will also continue as a major archive of African groundwater information. | more information »

Chad’s Growing Manual Drilling Industry

In Chad, manual drilling is a growing industry. This report provides an overview of manual drilling in Chad today. The report is intended to stimulate interest in more research, documentation and action regarding the diffusion of manual drilling within the country and its implications. The technology is increasing in popularity and spreading within Chad, including in the capital N’Djamena. Private enterprises and non-governmental organisations are promoting manual drilling and water users are investing in their own manually drilled wells. | more information »

A comparative study between “Rope pumps” and conventional piston pumps on water quality and other sustainability parameters

Appropriate technologies for rural water supply

In Tanzania there now are some 5000 Rope pumps both for small communities and Households. To compare Rope pumps with piston pumps like Afridev and Nira pumps regarding water quality, cost per capita and other aspects, the organisation ACRA effected a Comparative study. Some conclusions of the study are:
- Rural communities do not prefer piston pumps above Rope pump
-The water quality of tested Rope pumps is lower than Piston pumps but this is mainly due to bad installation. If installed right there is not much difference in water quality.

DISCLAIMER: This is a non-RWSN publication and endorsement by RWSN or any of its member organisations should not be inferred. | more information »

Manual Drilling Compendium 2015

RWSN Publication 2015-2

Manual drilling refers to several drilling methods that rely on human energy to construct a borehole and complete a water supply. The various techniques can be used in areas where formations are quite soft and groundwater is relatively shallow.

Manual drilling can provide safe drinking water. The equipment can easily be transported to remote, or difficult to serve populations which would otherwise be left behind. The lower costs compared to machine drilling are appreciated by households, businesses and governments. Manual drilling also provides local employment.

Manual drilling methods are being used to provide water for drinking and other domestic needs at least 36 countries around the world. In some places, manual drilling methods are well established.

The compendium provides a useful overview for those wishing to further examine the impacts and challenges of manual drilling, and, more importantly, improve practices on the ground. It is hoped that the document will spur others to undertake fur-ther studies as well as research to document stories and analyse the promotion, uptake and use of manually drilled boreholes. In addition, the compendium should also enable those promoting manual drilling to realise that they are certainly not alone in their endeavours! | more information »

Handpump Standardisation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Seeking a Champion

RWSN Publication 2015-1

Handpump standardisation is the formal or informal mechanism that governs the varieties of community handpumps used within a particular country. In a handful of countries this also includes stand-ard handpump designs. With over a million handpumps in sub-Saharan Africa and new installations every day, handpump standardisation is still vital for the policy and practices of governments and implementing organisations. While rural water practitioners are polarised about the future of formal standardisation, the extent of informal standardisation is of significant importance to the sustain-ability of handpumps across the continent. Of the thirty-five countries in sub-Saharan using handpumps, formal standardisation has emerged in fifteen through regulations (nine countries), and endorsements (six countries). However in the remaining countries, informal standardisation determines what handpumps are installed where, either through recommendations (fourteen countries), or de facto standardisation (six countries). | more information »

RWSN Webinar Series - Early 2015

Groundwater, Self-supply and Equality

Presenters from more than 15 different organisations, working in over 15 countries share their practical experiences and research findings. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions, and meet others with similar interests at the events. Topic covered include:
- radio for rural water supplies, drawing on practical experiences from Kenya and Tanzania.
- Self-supply in emergency and development contexts, and we shall be hearing from Sierra Leone as well as Ethiopia, and on the costs and quality of self-supply as well as government roles.
- five webinars on groundwater.
- experiences about dealing with gender, violence and access to WASH.

All of the presentations and links to the recordings will be posted here within two to three days of each webinar. | more information »

Framework for Water Source Protection

Ministry of Water & Environment, Uganda

These guidelines were developed as part of the wider operationalisation of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). The basis of the guidelines is developing a 'Water Source Protection Plan', which bridges the gap between Water Safety Planning, payment for watershed services and IWRM. The planning process encourages the owners/operators of water infrastructure (pumping stations, dams, valley tanks, boreholes) to identify the people in the catchment area for their water source whose activities may be impacting the quantity, quality or reliability of their water supply, and then to agree a mutually beneficial plan of action.

Of the five volumes, three are currently available from MWE from their website (or below) | more information »

Analyse des coûts et détermination des prix

Guide à l’intention des entreprises de forage d’eau

La présente note pratique est destinée aux entreprises de forage et aux sociétés qui gèrent ou participent à des projets de forage. Grâce à une approche par étape, elle donne des directives claires sur la manière d’analyser les coûts et de déterminer les prix pour la réalisation de forages. Elle fournit également des conseils de ges-tion en soulignant les réalités propres à de nombreux pays d’Afrique subsaharienne. Sa lecture vous permettra d’être mieux à même de calculer les coûts des forages, de réfléchir aux prix et de faire face aux réalités commerciales.

L’analyse des coûts et la détermination des prix passent par cinq étapes: (1) l’identification des coûts de fonctionnement de base de votre entreprise, (2) l’analyse du dossier d’appel d’offres, (3) la définition des catégories de coûts, (4) le calcul des coûts et (5) la détermination des prix. Lors de chaque étape, plusieurs points clés doivent être pris en compte. Les coûts se décomposent comme suit: implantation du forage, amenée, forage, équipement/complé¬tion, développement du forage/test de pompage et installation de la pompe. La présente note fournit des exemples pratiques et éprouvés qui permettent de comprendre aisément la méthode d’analyse des coûts et aborde également les devis quantitatifs, les procédures d’appel d’offres et la gestion des risques et des incertitudes. Les auteurs fournissent par ailleurs des conseils pour une gestion efficace de la procédure. | more information »