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Framework & Handbook for the Operation and Maintenance of Rural Water Supply Services

This Framework & Handbook for the Operation and Maintenance of Rural Water Supply Services has been developed by the state Ministry in collaboration with agencies supporting WASH activities in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state. Its development was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The framework is guided by the Draft Policy Paper for Operations and Maintenance of May 2013 and the Planning and Strategy Workshop in Wau in August 2013.

The Handbook reflects a major shift in policy for the Government of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, to-wards a more sustainable model. This places more responsibility on communities as beneficial own-ers of the water points to pay for operations and maintenance, and to make a contribution towards major repairs and rehabilitation. Clear communication of these changes, by the Ministry and imple-menting agencies, will be essential for its success. It will be important to use a range of channels including commissioners, traditional leaders, churches and other networks and through radio.

 

Ministry of Water, Cooperatives and Rural Development, Northern Bahr el Ghazal,

Republic of South Sudan

 

Related publications:

Review of the Nothern Bahr el Ghazal State Framework and Implementation Programme for the O&M of Rural Water Supplies (South Sudan)

Framework and Implementation Programme for O&M of Water Supplies

 

 

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The "Northern Bahr el Ghazal Framework and Handbook for Operation and Maintenance of Rural Water Supplies" sets out how to ensure that rural and urban1 dwellers benefit from affordable drinking water ser-vices that are effectively managed, protected and maintained. The Framework and Handbook sets out common procedures and provides practical guidance for the planning & implementation of water supply improvements in Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBeG) state. These proce-dures are to be adhered to by all government and non-government agencies striving to increase or sustain drinking water supply services in NBeG state through boreholes fitted with handpumps.

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Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of rural water supply services in NBeG is community-based, with the communities taking responsibility to manage the facility, collect fees and pay for regular maintenance and repair. Preventative maintenance is undertaken by community-based caretakers.(..)

 

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