Improving skills and professionalism in the Rural Water Supply sector is critical to its success. Rural water supply schemes need to be robust, cost effective, accessible, well designed and well built. However, good water projects aren't on their own aren't enough, they need to be part of a broader rural water supply service that is reliable, affordable and accessible to all members of society.

RWSN brings together the know-how and expertise from different water supply technologies and service approaches from around the world. This section draws together some of the key resources that should be of help to those involved in training and education for rural water supply.

Also take a look at our webinar recordings, which can be useful as learning and teaching tools.

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Training Courses/Organisations

University Departments/Courses

Vocational Training Centres

Online Training Modules / Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Click on the picture below to go the training videos   produced by Water4 Foundation for using their manual drilling equipment and installing an Access 1.2 pump

Courtesy of Chris Cotner, Water4 Foundation

EMAS is a Mobile School for Water and Sanitation based in Bolivia, and run by Wolfgang Eloy Buchner. EMAS is also a whole technical and social concept of water and sanitation which includes manual drilling, rain water harvesting, solar water heaters, wind power, hydraulic rams, water treatment, small tanks and sinks, a variety of hand and foot pumps, and ferrocement water storage tanks.

Two of the best known are probably the EMAS Pump, a low cost direct action pump, and EMAS Drilling, a low-cost sludging and percussion method.

EMAS have produced a series of training video available online that show how to make and use the EMAS equipment:

 

www.iwrm-education.de

An online series of 39 lectures has been produced on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) by IWAS (International Water Research Alliance Saxony), together with the German IHP/HWRP (International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO and Hydrology and Water Resources Programme of WMO),

To facilitate access to the module, the 39 lectures are subdivided into six categories:

Target groups of the module are graduating students in water-related fields, decision makers, water experts and administrative staff.

The following videos are on the WEDC Youtube Channel and have been produced by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University, UK

Direct Action Pumps (Tara)

Part 1 of 2: {youtube}s-m_7I1ko9A{/youtube}

Part 2 of 2: {youtube}jv-r3NkgrQg{/youtube}

India Mark II

Part 1 of 2: {youtube}4RcVGVmJpks{/youtube}

Part 2 of 2: {youtube}ObCyBQqhmUY{/youtube}

Suction Pumps (No.6 & Rower)

Part 1 of 2: {youtube}T3Na8az6zng{/youtube}

Part 2 of 2: {youtube}EA63OuBYvLM{/youtube}


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