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The team formed by CSIC and NGO have visited the two project sites. All installations are functioning, including the solar panel in Site Obe. The facilities were handed over to the beneficiaries, the Salesians Mission.
Water points have been installed inside the school of Dida, and outside in the Community point. In Obe, water points are installed inside the Recreation Center. Local acceptance has already been confirmed by the teachers and guards, especially in Obe where women appreciate the substitution of the hand pump by the new solar panel driven pump.
MSc. Dissertation Research, Loughborough University, UK
Mr. Dario Garcia Barrill is a student of MSe Water and Environmental Management at the Water Engineering Development Centre (WEDC), Loughborough University, UK. He has developed his own research dissertation on the topic of "Development of sustainable low-cost adsorption technologies for fluoride removal in Ethiopia". His research has focused on learning lessons from parts of Ethiopia where such technologies have been used. Under the framework of “Defluoridation in Ethiopia” project,
Dario spent time with Amigos de Silva, and the Salessians Missioners visiting the two sites aimed in our project (Dida and Obe). His results have allowed elaborating an entire water managing framework for our new installations. He has introduced our project at all levels, from the municipalities to the main stakeholders, setting the ground for future actions.
His Msc Thesis can be downloaded here:
The Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia, Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NGO Amigos de Silva aiming to contribute in this implementation project. This collaboration agreement warranties that the zeolite-technology will be included in the Agenda of the Fluorosis Mitigation Project under the Water Supply and Sanitation Directorate.
Recently, a new donor has joined our project. In February 2018 we signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Spanish Foundation Juan Entrecanales de Azcárate for one year.
In June 2017 our project was initiated with the generous support of the Swiss Foundation Stiftung Freie Gemeinschaftsbank. It is a two year project to implement a new defluoridation technology based on natural zeolites, in Ethiopia.
Construction has started in Dida and Obe sites, under the supervision of Project Manager Dr. Taju Sani and the Head of the Salesians Mission, Aba Dido.
Gutema, Abiyot, & Friends GC is responsible for the construction and installation of the two Fluoride Treatment Plants using Zeolite-based technology.
The service includes renovation of the Dida and Obe community water points. In Dida, a new faucet has been installed. In Obe a solar panel pumping system will be installed.