Between October 2011 and March 2012, 133 wells in 74 villages were surveyed by 12 IDO volunteers in the Kouilou region of the Congo Republic. The results showed that access to drinking water in rural areas is difficult for a number of reasons.
- not enough investment made to provide local villages with well-located and functioning water wells;
- a lack of village water management teams and the technical and logistical support to ensure effective maintenance;
- the fact that open water sources such as springs, ponds and rivers together with dug-out open wells provide
water of inconsistent quality and are often located distant from villages or are difficult to access.
Progress to date
In partnership with the Conseil Départemental of Kouilou, Caritas Congo et Médecins d'Afrique, IDO was approved as a partner by the European Union the MAZA NA BOUALA project which has an an objective the development of sustainable access to drinking water in the Kouilou Department.