A demonstration of how the rope pump works
In alignment with the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy's (MoWE) goal to increase the water supply coverage level to 98% in rural areas by 2015, JICA has cooperated to offer technical support in the research and development, standardization and dissemination of rope pumps for drinking water. The Project for Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Livelihood Improvement through Dissemination of Rope Pumps for Drinking Water (WAS-RoPSS) launched earlier this year in March and is scheduled to end in 2016. The aim of the project is to provide safe drinking water through the development of standard rope pumps that can serve as a self-supply water lifting technology for rural households. To minimize the inefficiency of low quality rope pumps, JICA is working with MoWE to create a standard for rope pump production and to disseminate the standardize rope pump throughout the country. Currently the WAS-RoPSS project is being piloted in 4 woredas (districts) to see how the rope pumps will improve the livelihood and water supply access to individual families in the SNPP region. To incorporate the objective of other JICA projects in water development in Ethiopia, research and testing of the rope pumps are conducted at the Ethiopian Water Technology Training Center (EWTEC).