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Upcoming Webinar with Engineering for Change: Future-proofing Water Systems in Developing Countries

WEBINAR: Future-proofing Water Systems in Developing Countries: How to Protect Investment and Increase Success through Preventive Maintenance


engineers for changeThanks to Engineering for Change, who invited me to present on one of my favorite topics: preventing failure (or future-proofing).  Details on the webinar are below.

Date: 18 February 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m. New York, EST ( convert to your time )

Speaker: Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International

About this webinar: Many well intentioned people are working to make water flow in the homes of more than half of the world’s population that do not have it. But on average, 40% of rural water systems in developing countries stop working a few years after they are built. Billions of dollars in aid money have been thrown at the problem, but recent maps of water systems in several countries shows that they continue to break down.

In this webinar, we will focus on the one of the common reasons that rural water systems in developing countries do not function as expected: the lack of preventive maintenance.

Improve International was founded in 2011 to find ways to improve the responses to the global water crisis. We believe that people deserve to have high quality water and sanitation services, not just for life, but for generations.

Join us at the Engineering for Change webinar to:

  • Learn about the reasons why operations and maintenance (O&M) are not regularly performed for rural water systems.
  • Gain insight on why community-based O&M continues to be a challenge, even though it has been recognized as critical for decades.
  • Hear examples of how some organizations are supporting local efforts to keep water services going (post-construction support).
  • Discuss the guidelines for resolution of problems with water systems.

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