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The methodological guidebook for human-powered pumps in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The guidebook aims to capitalize the 20-years lessons learnt of rural hydraulics programmes. It valorises good practices and underlines notified mistakes in the implementation of a human-powered pump programmes.   The guidebook focuses on the main characteristics of human-powered pumps and of the principal factors determining the durability of improved water points.

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Rural water supply : human powered pump and sustainability

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From the earliest days of the rural water supply in Guinea, the authorities decided to standardise the manual pumps (by limiting the number of suppliers to 2), to give each supplier a geographical area and to favour the manual pump solution for villages of fewer than 2,000 inhabitants. In addition, each supplier was strongly encouraged to establish an after-sales service network, including available spare parts as close as possible to the users, and training of local repairmen for maintenance, throughout the territory concerned.

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