MYANMAR - How to operate and maintain a water distribution system
The project MYA/002 proceeded with setting up village water committees in the 6 villages that benefitted from the installation of a household water distribution system in 2018. These water committees will be in charge of its own operation and adequate maintenance of those systems.
Village Water committee of Che Nar Dea
Each of the 6 water committees was trained on how to draw their water distribution system map, the general functioning of the water distribution systems, the use of the tools and spare parts in the maintenance kit, and also the chemical and physical characteristics of water.
For some it has been a long time since they sat in a class room
Drawing the map of their water system
Given that most of these villages are located in a very remote area and access to education is very limited, the training was delivered in an applied learning by doing approach. Also, many villagers have never used tools such as wrenches or screwdrivers and need to get familiar with their use first.
Checking the pH level of the water
Apart from the schematics and the mechanical aspects of the water distribution systems did the project’s Operation and Maintenance expert also focused on team building and managerial aspects of the new water committees. Villagers are used to working with members of their family and have yet to fully understand the concepts of communitary work on common assets belonging to the village as a whole. The sharing of responsibilities and working in a team will be crucial for the proper maintenance of their respective water distribution systems.
Pulling on one string to achieve the common goal.
Water Committee of Ba Ngoo village↑ To the top