Many rural areas have issues with managing their water supply. In some cases, it is due to lack of funding and infrastructure while in others it is due to a lack of education on how to manage water. As a business owner, you can help these rural areas by looking into water purification systems, mobile water treatment options and even reverse osmosis systems to provide clean and fresh drinking water.
Some of the different available small scale water treatment options include the cost-effective containerised water treatment system, as well as water technologies which transform salt water into fresh water. These small scale water treatment systems are highly useful for rural areas, as they are easy to set up and require less maintenance than their more industrial counterparts. Below are just some of the ways in which businesses can help to manage rural water supplies.
Keep maintenance up after the first year
Providing a rural community with a way to manage their water is all good and well, but your involvement should not stop there. Once the pumps and other treatment systems have been installed, your business will need to continue to help the community well past the first-year mark.
There are many aspects that need to be maintained in the years after the construction or installation of water management systems. Whoever is in control of monitoring the committee might need to be replaced, the water committee will need to be audited regularly, repairs will need to be made, and the system might need to be updated or extended. Keeping up the maintenance and assistance will ensure the water management of the community continues positively.
Involve everyone in the decision-making process
If you are willing and able to install water pumps and even a sewage system in a rural community, do not simply go ahead with the project without consulting everyone in the community. You will need to speak to them about where best to situate the pumps, the water treatment container and other aspects of your contributions.
For example, some of the people in the community might find that your initial placement of the water pump is too far to walk from their houses. And others might find that their water pressure is low due to the placement of the main pump or reservoir. You will also need to take traditional practices into account, such as electing a local community member as the spokesperson on the water management board. This way, the community will be involved and you can make the best decision to help them in a significant way.
Educate the community on water management
Educating the community on how to effectively manage the water they are supplied either by your project or someone else’s is an effective way to help. You can set up extensive classes and conferences for the community members and teach them about water saving in a language and methodology that they will understand.
By providing clear and easy-to-understand information to the people in rural areas, they will better be able to manage this precious resource and can save water during times of drought. You should also provide information on how to treat drinking water that is gathered from wells and rivers, so ask a professional who has experience with these issues to come and speak to the community. Knowledge is a powerful tool and can be used to help uplift people who were previously struggling with serious issues.
Use small scale water treatment systems
Sometimes, the only way to manage the water of a rural area is to treat the water so it is suitable for human use and consumption. But, it can be extremely difficult to do this with an industrial-sized plant, so you can invest in a small scale water treatment system instead. They are portable and containerised, making them easy to move and install.
Many of these systems use pressure filtration methods as well as gravity filters which make them ideal for rural areas that have little to no access to electricity. These container units can be arranged easily and in a way that suits everyone in the area. These units are often up and ready to be used within six days, allowing the community to have access to fresh water as soon as possible. Be sure to hire and train people who will be in charge of managing and maintaining these units so that they do not fall into disrepair after a year.
Water, water everywhere
Rural communities are in dire need of help when it comes to managing water. And your business can help in many ways, from big to small. If you are unable to build a pump or sewage system, you can educate the community on water saving and management techniques. You could install a small scale water treatment system, but be sure to continue maintenance past the first year and include the entire community in the decision-making process.