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To Maintain Water Pumps, It Takes More Than a Village

posted 16 Mar 2012, 02:51 by RCN Uganda
WaterAid is responding to a problem seen around the world: governments and charitable groups install water pumps, wells and other village water systems, but pay insufficient attention to keeping them running.   Surveys show that between 30 and 40 percent of water points in rural Africa are out of commission.  Many will never be repaired.
WaterAid in the north of India is training local people, including many women, to repair water pumps. They now run businesses that charge villages low fees for quick, guaranteed and reliable repairs when their hand pumps break down.

Sources: y TINA ROSENBERG The NewYork times 13/12/2011