Project #9510

Keep The Water Flowing

by International Rural Water Association


The IRWA "Keeps The Water Flowing" by the circuit rider concept. IRWA's unique model is to train, educate and support Circuit Riders, guaranteeing a local knowledge and supply base for rural communities. Working with IRWA volunteers, Circuit Riders fix, maintain and install water and sanitation systems, as well as provide training for local organizations and workers on how to monitor, test and treat water for the safety of all in the community.
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We have found both in developing nations and here in the U.S., if there is not continued support, reinforcement of concepts, and training, operators will not always properly operate a potable water system.


The International Rural Water Association works with water, hygiene, and sanitation infrastructure along with the Circuit Rider program. The Circuit Rider program focuses its support in four areas; 1) technical assistance for the improvement of drinking water, 2) technical assistance for the development of sanitation systems, 3) health and hygiene training, and 4) infrastructure design and development.

Long-Term Impact

- Communities system is running and do not stop work more than 2 days after a problems arise. Community record and report the findings and record problems solved. - System are able to self sustained by their own rate fees and rate recovery is at least 80% paid on each community served after one year of Circuit Rider visits. - An average of 150,000 beneficiaries per month.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

International Rural Water Association

Location: White Hall, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Angelita Fasnacht
White Hall, Maryland United States

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