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NSP Solar Pump

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The “NSP Solar Pump” is the latest Solar Well Pumping Station on the market. It is maintenance-free, saltwater-resistant and enables you to pump water out of water wells easily, for free, efficiently and up to a depth of more than 100 metres.

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Social entrepreneurs for sustainable access to safe drinking water in rural areas

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1001 fontaines  is a non profit organization (created in 2004) working actively to improve access to safe drinking water in developing countries. 1001 fontaines’ vision is to create, in each target village, a community-based professional and sustainable activity enabling villagers to drink totally safe water, every day, therefore directly impacting their health by eliminating one of the major sources of water-borne diseases. This approach relies on two core ideas: simple technologies and entrepreneurial spirit.

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Professionalizing Manual Drilling in Africa

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Reducing the cost of boreholes four-fold would enable more wells to be drilled for the same investment. This can be achieved by developing professional manual drilling sector in Africa. Low-cost manual drilling has already demonstrated its effectiveness in Asia, Africa and Latin America as a means of increasing the availability of potable water. When there are substantial populations in areas with hydrogeology that is favorable for manual drilling, then the investment in developing a professionalized manual drilling sector is recommended.

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Using Life-Cycle Cost Approach to understand the real costs of rural water supply operation and maintenance (South Africa)

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Comparing the real cost with the estimates given by commonly used cost estimation tools developed by various government departments, It was found that there was wide variation between the estimates used, and major differences between estimated and real costs. Thus, the reliability of cost estimates is low, especially if used by inexperienced personell that cannot interpret the assumptions embedded in such models. The real cost to carry out long-term maintenance may be considerably higher than governments and financing institutions assume.

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Photovoltaic Pumping Systems in Rural Water Supply – Field Experiences, new Trends, and Applications

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While handpumps are the least cost option to supply small communities, photovoltaic pumping systems would in many instances be the least life-cycle cost option to supply larger rural communities in developing countries.

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Monitoring software for small scale rural water piped networks private operators

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Small scale rural water supply network management software is developing to facilitate the daily work for water supply private operators. Relevant management indicators will be generated, monthly operating accounts will be created, figures and tables will be done for completion of operating and performance reports to local authorities. This tool will be connected to a web platform to become a real tool for decision support.

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Water for Work: Coupling Irrigation with Rural Water Improvements

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Combine irrigation inputs with rural water service improvements, using an outgrower irrigation model. Users receive fertilizer, seeds, and other agricultural inputs for growing high value products while receiving a water improvement equipment such as a public stand pipe. The program provides these inputs, also organizes the market, which provides the additional benefit of supply consistency, and greater sensitivity to market demand.

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Community Managed Project (CMP) approach to implement rural water services

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Financial innovation: The key feature of CMP approach is that funds – also finance grant  (subsidy) –  are  transferred directly to communities via a micro-finance institution as well as communities for carrying project management responsibilities for physical implementation of water schemes all the way from the beginning.

Communities are participating in the projects financially too: they collect cash money in the accounts in a micro-finance institute for implementation and for O&M and they participate in implementation also by providing materials and manpower. The vital part of CMP approach is the public auditing, which takes place immediately after implementation and in certain intervals afterwards. When communities are managing their own projects and district authorities are only supervising and controlling the implementation and when the Water, Sanitation and Health Committees (WASHCOs) selected by the communities to take care of the projects are really responsible to communities through public auditing meetings, the sustainablity of services  are much better than earlier

 

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Accelerating Self Supply (ACCESS): a comprehensive approach to imrpove rural water self-supply

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Self Supply is defined as user investment in household water treatment, supply construction or up-grading, or rainwater harvesting. It is based on incremental improvements in steps which are easily replicable, with technologies affordable to users. Such improvements provide safer, more convenient and reliable water to many of those who live in dispersed households or on the periphery of inadequate or unreliable services. These are often the poorer and harder-to-reach members of society.

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