GEOSCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Humanitarian Assistance Programs

Case Study – Humanitarian Assistance Programs

Capacity Building

As part of our management consultancy services, MEK staff have participated in and helped identified and assessed shortcomings in service delivery that have negatively impacted the effective implementation and performance of institutions engaged in the development and management of groundwater resources in developing countries. In particular, we have assisted these institutions in developing effective groundwater exploration protocols that have resulted in higher water well drilling success rates and prolific water wells at reduced costs to their clients and customers. In addition, we have reviewed and assisted numerous institutions and organizations to develop and/or upgrade their groundwater sampling plans and protocols to ensure that laboratory analysis results of water quality are representative of the groundwater resource. In particular, our staff have also been successful in identifying the main shortfalls impeding the successful development and management of groundwater resources in village communities, and have come out with unique solutions tailored in accordance with their particular situations to help these communities ensure the longevity of their water facilities.

A core area of MEK’s interventions is enhancing the capacity of the project stakeholders and recipient population at the local, regional and national levels to be able to sustainably manage the final installed facilities with limited external assistance. As such we are well positioned to coach your staff and service providers to independently work on their own with modern cost-effective methods and tools. MEK will provide training in most of our areas of expertise but more importantly in the areas of groundwater exploration (geophysical exploration), water well design and construction, water quality sampling, aquifer and pump testing and in the operation and maintenance of wells and pumps. All training sessions are tailored in accordance with our clients’ preferences and recommendations.

Our capacity building program in groundwater exploration i.e., geophysical exploration, is both classroom and field-based and tailored according to the demand. The classroom component will cover the theoretical basis underlying the common exploration techniques and their limitations with regard to different hydrogeological settings. The field sessions will be used to emphasis appropriate data collection procedures and how to quickly identify inaccurate readings in the field.

Additionally we provide training to our clients in pump and well maintenance, their rehabilitation and repair. The training will focus on elements of operation and maintenance as pertains to the different types of water sources (springs, hand-dug wells, drilled boreholes etc.) and pumps.

MEK is well positioned to provide management consultancy services to clients in the following areas:

  1. Sustainable management of water systems at the sub-regional, regional and national levels;
  2. Developing effective strategies for groundwater explorations and development;
  3. Providing training in high-capacity well design and construction to ensure system longevity and reduced operational costs;
  4. Designing, installation and management of groundwater monitoring systems at commercial, mining, mid- and upstream oil and gas facilities; and
  5. Long –term groundwater quality data analysis and interpretation.

Potable Water Provision and Improved Environmental Sanitation

MEK staff have considerable experience in the implementation of water and environmental management programs under developmental and transitioning programming settings. Over the years our staff have been engaged in several water and environmental sanitation projects internationally; particularly in sub-Sahara Africa, in the Caribbean countries and in the Southeast Asia region. We are very knowledgeable about water and sanitation projects and fully understand the unique challenges of designing, implementing and managing both small- and large-scale water and environmental sanitation projects to realize project objectives and goals.

In designing and managing our projects, we ensure that we at least meet and preferably exceed The Sphere Standard’s minimum standards ascribed in the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response document.

Our staff have individually and as a group carried out baselines studies and utilized applicable assessment tools to determine project requirements and then designed accordingly. The team members have the experience and have utilized different participatory methods and procedures for building consensus; developed appropriate promotional materials (Health and Hygiene Education), and construction management among others at various stages of project implementation.

MEK staff have been responsible for the planning, scheduling, financial management, design, and construction supervision of the numerous successfully implemented rural and peri-urban water and sanitation projects.

A major ingredient of our project design is sustainability. Towards this end, our team has designed and delivered training to our counterpart local staff to assume ownership and management of the newly constructed water and sanitation facilities.

If you are looking for a firm to help you design sustainable water and sanitation projects that incorporate novel ideas to guarantee sustainability or a firm to provide management consultancy services or team up with in the implementation of a water and environmental sanitation program, do not hesitate to contact us.

Well Maintenance and Repair Services

In many areas the emphasis on groundwater resources development and utilization has been on locating adequate and sustainable potable water sources and the construction of the water abstraction facilities. However, there are usually no comprehensive plans in place for the regular maintenance and repairs of these water systems once they are broken; drastically reducing the lifespan of this valuable water system.

Breaking down of domestic, community and high capacity water wells used for the provincial and industrial purposes are due to several factors, including improper well design and construction, incomplete well development, borehole stability problems, incrustation buildup, biofouling, corrosion, aquifer problems and overpumping. Some of these problems are manifested at the water point (well site) by reduced well yields, presence of sediments in the water, changes in water quality and the existence of dissolved gases in the water. Our team has undertaken numerous maintenance and well repairs services at home and abroad.

Maintenance Services

Our well maintenance services involve the periodic examination of wells and their restoration to preserve their optimal functioning and water quality. For pumps we carry out periodic inspections to check and tighten loose nuts, grease pump chains, check pump parts and make necessary rectification and recommendations to ensure their optimum performance and sustainability. Our team members have worked on several water wells and hand-dug wells maintenance and rehabilitation projects in very difficult and challenging physical terrains.

Well Repairs Services

MEK will carry out a systematic and thorough evaluation of the well to dentify the factors leading to its breakdown or deterioration. We provide the client with a comprehensive technical report enlisting the problems identified during the assessment and also solutions to rehabilitate the well to its original performance level. We are well equipped to undertake individual and large-scale water well rehabilitation programs abroad. For large-scale projects, MEK will mobilize resources from Canada to carry-out these pojects.

Our staff are quite familiar with most types of Village Level and Operation and Maintenance pumps and will provide technical advice to clients to identify the most appropriate pumps for their peculiar situations. MEK is also well positioned to undertake large-scale pump maintenance and repair services at all levels, including domestic and community levels and also high capacity wells used for commercial and industrial purposes.

Case Study – Humanitarian Assistance Programs