Basically a very western approach to solving an African problem. The challenge is that after all of the aid workers and volunteers have left the local population lacks the technical knowhow to keep the system running. The plant falls into disrepair and the pipes become jungle gym play structures for kids. The end a result is that, however, well intended the root cause of the water problem persists.
A new approach is to develop very simple sustainable solutions with the local people. Instead of a complex network of pipes and plumbing the water problem is solved with plastic bottles on a hot tin roof. Brilliant. A small drop of chlorine is placed in a plastic water bottle full of water. The bottle is in turn placed on a hot tin roof for 6 hours.
Simple ... Sustainable ... Solution.
Perhaps we in Canada could learn to solve our commercialization dilemma in a similar fashion.
- Ian Graham