The project will assist 4 water user committees in the rehabilitation and extension of existing drinking water systems which were build between 1985 and 1995, and management will be improved on all systems.
PROTOS and CIDRI have been collaborating in a number of projects in Ituri; this collaboration has resulted in the construction of gravity flow systems and protection of springs.
LocationProvince Oriental, Ituri, DR Congo
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Capacity Building
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 3,500
Sustainable access will be secured for about 40.000 people currently using 4 existing systems in Muhito, Mahagi, Logo and Aru. After protection of new springs and construction of additional tanks, at least 3.500 persons will be added to this number.
The capacity of existing management structures will be improved through a number of training activities which will be organised for technical staff on all the systems, as well as administrative staff. Also 7 water committees in charge of other systems in the area will be involved in these training activities and exchanges to promote best practices, harmonize management and stimulate collaboration between these systems.
School Children Getting Water: 800
At least 2 schools will be connected.
People Getting Sanitation: 2,000
The project will initially be focussing on behaviour change. In each of the water systems which will receive assistance, hygiene promoters will be trained in PHAST, all of them will receive materials which will be adapted to suit to local circumstances. This may also involve the construction of some demonstration latrines, depending on the findings of a survey planned for in the first month of the project.
People Getting Other Benefits:
Staff of the implementing NGO, technicians and administrators working in 11 existing water supply systems, supported by CIDRI will receive additional training.
Start Date: 2008-08-01
Completion Date: 2009-07-31
CIDRI is experienced in the construction of gravity flow systems. Systems have both public taps and private connections, mainly for institutions such as schools and health units.
The project will be followed by a second phase which will involve the construction of 2 new systems.
Communities give a mandate to a management committee elected in a general assembly. Every household contributes in the maintenance and management of the system by paying a monthly contribution. The rehabilitations are partly financed with these community contributions.
•On the job training of graduates in engineering.
•Training of local technicians on spring protection.
•Strengthening of local organised groups and health units in aspects of hygiene and sanitation promotion.
•Improve management and record keeping.
•Capitalisation of experiences.
•Exchange between CIDRI and other NGO’s active in water and sanitation sector in Eastern Congo.
Throughout the projects by CIDRI, sustainability is being emphasised at all times. The setup of management committees has been written down in a manual, which is locally used to mainstream community based management systems on existing water supply systems. Throughout the proposed project this manual will be reviewed based on the lessons learnt over the years.
Households contribute on a monthly basis, these contributions are collected by a committee established on each public water point, the contributions are recorded and paid to the administrator, who keeps records for the entire system. The results are annually being reported to the general assembly.
The collected fees are used to cover:
(1) salary for the administrator, 1 or more technicians and health promoters, depending on the size of the system
(2) spare parts, tools, various materials…
(3) building up a reserve
In most cases the collected fees have allowed the committees to keep the systems functioning up to a certain level and to create a modest reserve but this has not been enough to take care of more serious repairs. The existing tariffs furthermore do not take into account the depreciation of the facilities. During the project, we will assist the committees in recalculating costs and propose new tariffs based on cost and payment capacity of users.
Prior art before metrics
See breakdown of costs in excel sheet.
Co Funding Amount: $73,800
See details costs sheet.
Community Contribution Amount:
Depending on the system, currently about 50% to 70% of the households pay the monthly contributions, with some months reaching nearly 100% and other months as low as 20% (depending on harvest season, school calendar, etc.). Most systems do keep records and have a modest amount in reserve which is used for maintenance and which will also be used to contribute in the rehabilitation.
Furthermore communities also offer labour in construction (up to 20%) and take part in maintaining the area near springs and public taps clean.
Fund Requested: $8,200
Implementing Organization: CIDRI - Comité d’Initiation pour le Dévélopement Rural en It
The implementing partner CIDRI (Comité d’Initiation pour le Dévélopement Rural en Ituri) has been active in the construction of water supply systems for more than 25 years. Despite instability and war in the region for the last 10 years, nine out of ten systems built are still operational.