Continuing to deliver long term access to drinking water in EthiopiaSep 2, 2016
PIN continues in cooperation with CZDA in long term program called Establishment of a sustainable system of drinking water supply in small towns of Sidama Zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia. The program is now entering its third part and targets three locations in Sidama Zone, particularly in the Boricha and Loka Abaya woredas.
The Project is a continuation of larger intervention focused on water and sanitation within the International Development Cooperation Program of the Czech Republic in SNNPR in the Sidama Zone (namely “Establishment of sustainable drinking water supply systems in small towns in the district zone of Sidama, SNNPR, Ethiopia, I and II” that started in 2011).
Current stage involves drilling three deep boreholes in locations selected by geophysical study carried out in 2015. A professional guarantor to ensure quality results is Aquatis a.s., a long term partner of PIN in the sector of hydrogeology and water engineering. This cooperation with specialized water engineering and consulting company ensures necessary professional approach to reach quality technical solutions in challenging environment.
The whole intervention complies with the current priorities of regional government, represented by local partner SZMWED, concerning improvement of drinking water access in the Boricha and Loka Abaya woredas and building geophysical research capacities as well as to create a pilot database of water sources in the Sidama Zone, reinforces the links among projects within the Program by means of geographic focus and coordination.
Generally, through implementation of this program, PIN aims to make water and sanitation facilities available to all inhabitants of the selected kebeles in the Sidama Zone, as well as provide their sustainable management.
The water source capacity is designed to cover drinking water demand for the next twenty years, taking into account the current population growth rate. Improvement of the water supply situation for the inhabitants of the target area means considerable time savings, mostly for women and children who spend time by carrying water every day. Improvement of water source maintenance and management in the Sidama Zone will enhance the potential of social and economic development of the area. Improvement of sanitation and hygiene will have positive impact on reduction of infections caused by contaminated water and unsafe hygiene, particularly in children.