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This report focuses on defining the conditions for the establishment of an effective repair and maintenance system for hand pumps in the Sahel region.

TitleProposals for the maintenance of hand pumps in the municipalities of Gorgadji and Aribinda (Sahel Region)
Publication TypeResearch Report
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsIRC Burkina Faso
Pagination59 p. : 2 fig., 23 tab.
Date Published06/2015
PublisherIRC Burkina Faso
Place PublishedOuagadougou, Burkina Faso
Publication LanguageEnglish

IRC Burkina Faso looked into management models that would permanently reduce the number and length of breakdowns of boreholes with hand pumps in rural Burkina Faso. We investigated ways of professionalising the use and maintenance of boreholes with hand pumps, while looking for innovative solutions that improve the way in which this infrastructure is maintained, while being adapted to the local context. Such solutions will involve transferring responsibility for maintenance of hand pumps to the local private sector. IRC Burkina Faso conducted an exploratory study to learn more about the operating costs and benefits in terms of infrastructure condition, and ultimately in terms of water provision to users. This study was carried out by a local private provider, Faso-Hydro, which is operating small piped water schemes in the Sahel region.

Three scenarios for professionalising the maintenance of boreholes with hand pumps were analysed. The insights were shared with a number of stakeholders in the area.

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