Living Water’s Operations & Maintenance/Pump Repair Training Program is a four-day hands-on course. We’ll equip volunteers and development professionals to apply our operations & maintenance strategies to the specific challenges of the rural water sector. You’ll receive hours of experience with typical hand pumps found in developing countries.

In addition to spending time in discussion of operations & maintenance strategies, we’ll practice performing maintenance on over 10 different types of hand pumps, primarily emphasizing the India Mark II and Afridev. Other pumps introduced will be: the Bush Pump, Volanta, Kardia, Vergnet, Monitor/Windmill, New Zealand, Pitcher Pump, Rower Pump, and Rope Pump. This includes steps needed to safely install and remove these pumps, in addition to a review of a few other hand pumps.

We have three trainers, all with a considerable amount of field experience. Typical class size is 12–15 trainees, divided into three groups. During the day, the teams disassemble and reassemble working pumps, diagnose and identify typical problems found in the field. Evenings are spent discussing sustainability, community engagement and reviewing typical problems of maintaining hand pumps. Additionally, a few hours are spent in lecture on water testing and chlorination.

The class normally runs from Tuesday evening through late Saturday afternoon.

Cost: The participant cost for O&M/Pump Repair training is $400.

Registration: : Registration requires the completion of a registration packet and submission of payment. Seminars fill quickly, so register early. For a registration packet or more information, contact Brad Saltzman (832.338.6016 or pumpcamp@water.cc) For upcoming dates and locations, please see the training schedule.

Cancellation: Your payment is refundable until one month before your training.

Transportation from Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport: Transportation to the training site is provided from and to George Bush Intercontinental Airport. A Living Water representative will be available for airport pickups at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on training arrival days. Flights can be scheduled after 6:00 pm on Saturday night (the last day of class).

Please supply our office with a copy of your flight itinerary so transportation can be arranged.

Accommodations: We have dormitory style housing and catered home-style meals, all covered in the cost of the course.

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