20% of water infrastructure in Burkina Faso is non-functional because of inadequate sustainability planning. Our project trains local water users in Fada N'gourma through technical workshops to maintain, monitor, and repair existing infrastructure, ensuring that it remains functional. This safeguards local water users' access to safe water, whereby reducing their risk of water-borne disease and shortening their water collection times.
Thousands of water points (pumps, wells, etc) have been installed in Burkina Faso in the past to address lack of access to safe water. Today, 20% of these water points are nonfunctional because of inadequate sustainability planning, namely responsibilization. Without responsibilization, no-one is charged with infrastructure monitoring and maintenance (leading to breakdowns) or reparation. Thus, inadequate responsibilization reduces safe water access, whereby increasing water-borne disease rates.
This project establishes and fortifies water infrastructure maintenance committees for all public water infrastructure in Fada N'gourma through technical training workshops with local water users. By responsibilizing local water users to maintain, monitor, and repair existing infrastructure, we ensure that it remains functional. This safeguards local water users' access to proximate safe water, whereby reducing their risk of water-borne disease and reducing the time required to collect water.
The principal goal of the project is to promote the sustainability and longevity of existing water infrastructure and the safe water access it affords. By addressing the sustainability shortcomings of projects implemented by other water actors through local water user responsibilization, we ensure its long-term functionality, quality, and reliability. This project will train 745 (5 per committee x 149 water points in Fada N'gourma) local water users to manage existing water infrastructure.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).