Sustainable services in sub-Saharan Africa's rural areas
UDUMA's water service
Sustainable water service in sub-Saharan Africa's rural areas
UDUMA helps improve access to drinking water in rural areas by taking charge of water supply equipment and ensuring its proper operation and maintenance for 15 years. UDUMA opens up an entirely new market in Africa: offering drinking water services in rural areas, accessible and affordable to all. A novel approach combined with innovative technologies make it possible to render sustainable quality water services in the most isolated areas while assuring a steady flow of revenues. Delivering basic services to rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa becomes a viable business. HOW IT WORKS? (1) A Public Private Partnership is put in place with national and local authorities, granting UDUMA the right to operate public water services in selected areas. (2) UDUMA secures funding from public and private sources to finance the upgrading of all water points, installation of the water meters and the cashless payment system. (3) An inclusive local consultation process is started with the beneficiary communities to jointly identify their needs and to ensure full ownership of the new services. (4) Local pump caretakers, mechanics and sales agents receive on-the-job training. (5) UDUMA ensures a maximum downtime of 72 hours in case of breakdown of a pump or standpipe. (6) UDUMA charges a user fee by volume for the water services provided, at a price affordable for all. (7) Over the course of fifteen years, UDUMA ensures the upkeep, maintenance and replacement of the water equipment.
Categories of application
Clean water and sanitation
Sector of application
Water production, Water distribution and use