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Providing water for all, to a growing African population. EMAS and SMART Centres join forces.

The only way to provide water for all, to a growing population in developing countries, is to capacitate the same people to solve that problem. EMAS and SMART Centres have been training and guiding small-scale entrepreneurs in developing countries for many years. Trained entrepreneurs now supply affordable water technologies to communities and households in over 20 countries serving more than 2 million people. The 1-year old EMD is a good example of that work.

EMAS and SMARTechnologies are complimentary and the organisations share the same philosophy towards sustainable development. Our mutual goal is to establish supply chains of Market-based, Affordable and Replicable technologies that are also fit for households (self-supply). By joining forces SMART Centres and EMAS will increase the number of small water enterprises, make them more robust and offer a larger variety of technologies and services to their customers.

“Investing in capacity building creates the conditions for sustainable rural water supply.”

Interested? Then contact us at:

info[at]emas-international.de  or  info[at]smartcentregroup.com

More info:

www.emas-international.de  or  www.smartcentregroup.com

Electronic surveying to find best borehole location

Our Jacana employees and drillers from Eastern Manual Drilling have recently been trained in the electronic surveying of soil structures with Vertical Electrical Sounding (VES) and Horizontal Electrical Profiling (HEP). Randy Jones and Ray McKee from the USA revealed the magic that this technique has. The video shows how the measurements work in 10 steps.

VES was developed in 1915 and has been used by professionals for years. Although the technology is not “watertight” and can occasionally make a mistake, it saves time in places where manual drilling is difficult.

After training we immediately made a 2nd measuring machine, which turned out to be easier than expected. That instrument went to the Lundazi office where it was deployed the same day in a place where drillers had been drilling for 2 weeks without success. Result: the electronic measurements confirmed the hard soils, which the drillers encountered. The team took measurements at 6 different places with the same disappointing results. Near despair, the team decided to repeat the measurement at a random spot. In that seventh place, the measurement results were suddenly surprisingly positive. The soil would be fairly soft up to 17 meters. The drillers, who followed the measurements with curiosity, were eager to restart the work at that location. Within a few days they were 15 meters deep and found water at 7 meters. For the customer, HEP & VES measurements mean the difference between water and no water, and for the drillers, it saved weeks of hard work in the burning sun and results in a satisfied customer.

There are professional HEP / VES machines on the market that are based on the same principles and work faster, but these cost between $ 5,000 and $ 20,000. Jacana is very enthusiastic that the measuring equipment can be produced locally at a fraction of the cost ($ 850) and that it produces the same quality measurement results (researched by Dr. James Clark & Richard Page in 2011).

For machine borehole drillers it is less important how hard the soil is, yet they regularly use the same VES measuring technique to find, for example, water-containing fractures in rocks.

Our thanks go to: the teachers who voluntarily shared their knowledge, the National Ground Water Association from the USA who paid for the first measuring equipment and flight of the trainers and the Westberg foundation for covering the local costs of the training.

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Marie-Stella-Maris visits Jacana projects

Marie-Stella-Maris visits Jacana projects

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Introducing EMAS Technologies in Zambia

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Vice President

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Second training session started

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Donation from The Johanna Donk-Grote Foundation

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Jacana facilitated the first 3-days basic training

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First meeting of Zambian Board

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Startup

Startup

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Arrival in Zambia

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Good news from TAX authorities

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Donation of Haëlla Foundation

Donation of Haëlla Foundation

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Board in the Netherlands

Board in the Netherlands

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