Call for Proposals – Evaluation of Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)

2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Handpump Technology Network (HTN), which became RWSN in 2006, under the leadership of the late Piers Cross. RWSN is also also coming to the end of the current three year strategy period (2015-2017). Thus, RWSN will be developing a new strategy, inputs are very much welcome by you. Therefore RWSN would like to call for porposals for an evaluation of RWSN. The links to relevant documents can be found via this link here.

The Call is only available in English and only proposals in English will be accepted. The deadline is Friday 26th May 2017.

Groundwater Training Arranged in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

A groundwater training day, for over 30 Francophone African water professionals and government staff, was hosted on 28th November, by Professor Moustapha Diene of the Africa Groundwater Network (AGWNet) and Mr Julian Harbrecht and Mr Ramon Brentführer of BGR (the German Federal Institute for Geoscience and Natural Resources) – with support from BGS (the British Geological Survey).

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Supervising Water Well Drilling A Guide for Supervisors

Good supervision of water well drilling is essential for the provi- sion of long-lasting water wells. This guidance note assists ge- ologists and engineers in charge of the supervision of borehole construction as well as project managers. It can be used to pre- pare for training, and as a manual.

This guide details the responsibilities of the drilling supervisor at the different stages of borehole construction. It explains the actions to be carried out at each stage that will ensure that the driller delivers the borehole as specified in the contract.

The supervisor is expected to display great professionalism in carrying out his or her duties. A good knowledge of geology, hydrogeology and borehole construction is essential. Although the supervisor represents the client, he or she is expected to act with honesty, impartiality and fairness in any dispute over the contract. Young drilling supervisors need to be supported by more experienced personnel.

The publication part of a series by RWSN on Cost Effective Boreholes alongside:

  • Code of Practice for Cost Effective Boreholes
  • Sustainable Groundwater Development: use, protect and enhance
  • Siting of Drilled Water Wells: A Guide for Project Managers
  • Costing and Pricing: A Guide for Water Well Drilling Enterprises
  • Procurement and Contract Management of Drilled Well Construction: A Guide for Supervisors and Project ManagersIt is assumed that readers will have access to the other documents, all of which are available on the RWSN website
  • This training manual is also available in French and Portuguese
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Procurement and Contract Management of Drilled Well Construction A Guide for Supervisors and Project Managers

The high rate of non-functional boreholes in many parts of the world is attributable, in part, to a lack of professionalism in the drilling sector. In order to increase access to a safe and sustain- able water supply, competent and experienced drilling contrac- tors must be engaged. Likewise, suitable equipment is needed and experienced consultants are required to supervise construc- tion.

This guidance note assists project managers involved in the provision of groundwater supplies using boreholes. It sets out procurement and contract management procedures that will lead to the engagement of professional groundwater consult- ants, drilling contractors and suppliers. The publication will ena- ble clients to ensure that they have the know-how to get the expected results out of drilling contracts.

The publication is primarily about procurement and contract management of multiple boreholes within the context of water supply programmes. However, it also contains advice for institu- tions, private businesses, householders and communities en- gaging drilling consultants, contractors and suppliers to drill single boreholes.

The guidance note systematically explains the four stages in borehole procurement and contract management: (1) procure- ment planning; (2) contract award; (3) contract management and (4) monitoring and reporting. It sets out the actions that need to be taken at each stage by the project manager and supervisors as well as the contractors, consultants and suppliers.

This publication emphasises that objectivity, transparency and integrity are essential in the procurement and contract man- agement process.

Note that this is an update of the 2010 publication of the same name, with minor corrections.

This training manual is also available in French and Portuguese.

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