Permanent Technical Assistance / Circuit Riders
A major factor in ADEC’s success is permanent monitoring given to the systems by means of Circuit Riders who provide technical assistance wherever it is needed. This support extends beyond the construction of a project, each Circuit Rider ensures that the Water Boards and beneficiaries continue to chlorinate their water, as well as maintain and operate their systems for many years. Each Circuit Rider preforms the following tasks: 1. Diagnostics At the beginning of a project, each Circuit Rider evaluates the physical condition of the water system, the administrative performance of the Water Board, the amount of community participation, and the current hygiene and sanitation facilities available. With this information, the Circuit Rider meets with the Water Board, plumber and beneficiaries to make a work plan in accordance with the requirements found in the community. 2. Installation of Tablet Chlorinators This installation helps assure that the water systems maintain water quality for the population. The tablet chlorinators are more economical (almost a 60% savings compared with granulated chlorine), safer, and easier to operate. In the communities using tablet chlorinators, the chlorination process is continuous and any problems which develop (such as low levels) are easily solved. The Circuit Rider visits each community frequently to verify proper operation. 3. Install the appropriate equipment and easy to use to improve water quality There are several alternatives that each Circuit Rider can offer to ensure water quality in communities where there are no systems, among these are: a) Combined Treatment Systems for water purification Combined Treatment Units (CTU) combine alum flocculation , sedimentation and disinfection for treating water in schools and communities where there is no system and people currently get their water from wells or directly from a river. These systems are installed in places that are accessible to everyone. The Circuit Rider regularly visits each school or community to monitor their use, as well as train or help if needed. b) Ceramic Filter These are another alternative to ensure quality water in communities where there is no system and people can only get water from wells or rives. They are installed when the houses in the community are very distant from each other making a combined system more challenging. Each Circuit Rider trains the households and visit frequently to verify the proper use of filters. 4.Training in administration, operation, maintenance, plumbing and chlorination This training is imparted to the Water Boards, plumber and beneficiaries in a simple and practical manner. Each Circuit Rider seeks to generate greater participation and empowerment while building local capacity. 5. Monitors Continuously the quality water in systems. Each Circuit Rider visits their assigned communities frequently to check that recommended chlorine levels in their water are in place and to ensure the quality of water in the system. They also meet with the Water Board, plumber and beneficiaries to help solve any technical or administrative problems found during the visit.