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IRC Ethiopia: Using cutting-edge technology for World Water Day
Source: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
As we mark this year's World Water Day on Sunday 22 March, specialists with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Ethiopia are using cutting-edge technology to deliver water to drought-hit communities.
The IRC uses satellite images, digitzed maps, aerial photographs and data collected via GPS units to pinpoint areas that don't have enough water. It then uses this computerized map to help design the most appropriate solution and plug the gaps.
Behar Hussein, the IRC's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert, says: "It all sounds rather complicated, but the difference it makes in people's lives is simple: they now have regular, safe drinking water close to their homes. That can't be underestimated."
Take the village of Washefaka in SNNPR region, for example. Drought and water shortages are a regular occurrence there and, before the IRC installed a new water system, villagers had to walk for hours to fetch water.
"It took us about three hours to get there and many more hours to queue for the water," says Amina Gubamo. "Sometimes it could take up to 12 hours and so you had to stay overnight. That's not safe for ladies.
"When we couldn't face walking that far, sometimes we took water from other places like small, dirty ponds. People got sick. I've noticed that my children are much healthier now because they have good water to drink."
The IRC helped the villagers to install a pump and a network of piping that feeds water to a series of taps around the community. Keder Husen was then elected 'caretaker' by his neighbors and now has the job of operating the pump, filling it with fuel and maintaining it. Even after months of use, his pump house is immaculate.
Husen says people must pay a small amount to get water from the new system, but this is accepted because the quality of water is good.
"We charge 2 birr [20 US cents] a barrel," he explains, "which goes towards fuel and the upkeep of the pump. It means we can keep everything working. Every household has also made a one-off payment of 10 birr so that we can buy our fuel in bulk and keep the costs down. Some people even come from neighboring villages to pay for the water."
Some people got clean water. how, what is going on ???
we should blame Meles otherwise how can we make a comment without blaming Meles whether the news is good or bad, wheter it have anything to do with the government or not we should balme Meles all the time…BLAME MELES IS THE MOTTO at nazret.com lol
this is the kind of development Ethiopia needs too all the Ethiopians that made this possible congrats keep up the good work.
the fact that there isn’t much interest in positive news is a clear evidence to who most of the commentators are. shabians of course.
OUT of BILLIONS of Dollars that has been pumping to ethiopia for the last 10+20 years we still see in Borena ppl. drinking dirty Brown water contaminated by every disease. The only place where those NGO money goes is in the northern ethiopia and weyannes pockets. And i forgot that Addis ababa(city of Hoddams) get its shares from NGO.
We have to get ride of Begger org. out of ethiopia for good. Shabia is doing good without Beggers org. and now SUDAN is throwing out these parasites org. Ì think it is ONLY BEGGER weyaans who live days and night with hand out money and free food from west and every corner of the world. SHAME,SHAME. Only beggers who oppose this idea.
Where are those taxi drivers and parking lot attendant?
Where are the so called first class Ethiopians!!!! LOL
Welcome to the real Ethiopia!!!
good news, anti-ethiopian forces like shaebiya and former derg’s don want to see a developed Ethiopia. We the people of Ethiopia love such a wonderfull news.
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