2014 Assessment done by VNG International and IRC

solar-SSThis Briefing Note captures the findings of the Technology Check on the solar powered pump in Lokosowan, Nadje payam, Kapoeta North County.

Summary of conclusions and recommendations
  • Demand in communities for solar powered pumps is high and the technology does satisfy the demands of most if not the entire community. One drawback however is that such systems attract many outsiders (cattle herders).
  • The solar powered pump technology in general is aligned with the national policies, strategies and standards.
  • The present perceptions, attitudes and behaviours of the communities need to change to have their roles and responsibly on the solar pump accepted and made effective to get a lasting water service. This includes payment for water services, which is currently only done by part of the users.
  • Water users through Water Management Committees (WMCs) are responsible for daily operation and minor maintenance. However WMCs are often not present and even if established they lack some technical skills.
  • There are no trained technicians in the area to maintain and repair the technology, which jeopardises the sustainability of the service.
  • Government institutions exist to support rural water services. However, capacities and resources are insufficient to ensure this effectively.
  • A few organisations and private firms in South Sudan procure the solar powered pump. But there is no spare parts supply chain in place; spares are supplied ad hoc, the County or a NGO contacting a supplier or a manufacturer when a part is needed