Currently in Zambia over one third of the population are struggling to have access to clean water and over half of the population does not have access to sanitation facilities. To fulfill our aim to provide clean water in remote areas a team was sent to Zambia to lay the foundations for Water For Life.
What we did
An assessment was conducted on the availability, cost and installation of the India Mark II hand pump in Zambia. The WFL team travelled to different sites and assessed suitable buildings for solar installations.
The team visited the Southern, Central, Eastern and Lusaka Provinces and travelled an average of 300 miles per day. The Water For Life project plans were introduced to ministers, councilmen, district commissioners. In each province a list of broken water hand pumps was compiled and a strategy was developed, which will be implemented in 2016.
The Water For Life committee has reached a new milestone. Meeting the locals and liaising with government officials, NGO’s and Zambian paramount chiefs we have developed a strategy to successfully implement a rehabilitation plan.
By next year, 2016 we will rehabilitate 25 water wells to provide clean water for 10,000 people and increase the number of rehabilitation the following years. One of the highlight of this trip was the rehabilitation of the first water well from the Water For Life committee in Zambia.
As engineers from IAAAE we hope to make a difference not just in Zambia but also hope to inspire the next generation. In this regard, the team visited our school in Lusaka, which was built in 2007 and provided lectures on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.