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Mali: VERGNET HYDRO provides equipment to supply drinking water to more than 30,000 people in the Koulikoro and Sikasso regions
Picture caption: Manual pump and standpipe installed by the joint venture composed of VERGNET HYDRO and SEEBA for a drinking water supply contract awarded by UNICEF in the Region of Gao in Mali, in June 2019.
The company was selected thanks to the durability and quality of its products, and its after-sales service
VERGNET HYDRO has recently dispatched 17 manual pumps, 19 electrical pumping systems and storage and distribution equipment to its partner SEEBA SARL (Bamako, Mali) for a project that will supply drinking water to more than 30,000 people in the Koulikoro and Sikasso regions. “The quality and durability of VERGNET HYDRO’s products, together with the after-sales service the company offers, are definitely the deciding factors for a contract like this one,” said SEEBA’s Manager Modibo TAMBOURA.
SEEBA, a Malian SME, is delighted to have been awarded a contract by UNICEF to drill 19 new boreholes (16 to be equipped with manual pumps and three to be equipped with basic water supply systems), to convert 16 existing manual pumps into basic water supply systems, and to renovate one manual pump. These sites will supply drinking water to people in 29 rural communities, including 40 schools. All the sites will be up and running by July 2020.
VERGNET HYDRO and its partners bring each other business
“We have a contract with SEEBA under which they distribute our manual pumps and spare parts in Mali, and they frequently carry out the civil engineering for our rural hydraulics projects in the country too. Here, SEEBA is using VERGNET HYDRO equipment for a project that it is running itself. VERGNET HYDRO and its partners bring each other business. That is what makes our network so powerful”, insisted VERGNET HYDRO’s Area Sales Manager Najib BENAZOUZ.
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20 schools from the Region of Gao to be equipped
Picture caption: Pupils drawing water from a HYDRO INDIA 60 manual pump in the ALZANABANDIA ZABA school in Gao (photo credit: UNICEF MALI/2019/DIARRA).
The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF announced that it has awarded a supply and installation contract to the joint-venture composed of the companies VERGNET HYDRO and SEEBA (Bamako, Mali) for the construction of drinking water supply systems for more than 12,000 rural people in the Region of Gao in Mali. “We are proud to provide these people in the centre of armed conflicts, including pupils from 20 schools, with safe water”, confides Thierry BARBOTTE, Managing Director for VERGNET HYDRO. All infrastructure will be installed and fully operational by June 2019.
With a budget of 385 million CFA francs (580,000 euros), the project comprises the drilling of 22 boreholes, the rehabilitation of 5 boreholes, the setup of 3 solar-powered piped water supply systems, the construction of 17 standpipes and the installation of 24 manual pumps (HYDRO INDIA 60 and HPV100). “The company SEEBA is in charge of the civil engineering and VERGNET HYDRO provides all equipment”, specifies Najib BENAZOUZ, Area Sales Manager for VERGNET HYDRO.
A contribution to the local economy
“Of course, managing this kind of operations in these areas requires local staff. This contribution to the local economy is a major dimension of this project”, concludes Modibo TAMBOURA, Managing Director for SEEBA.
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VERGNET BURKINA : More than 100,000 villagers now recipients of a sustainable drinking water supply service
More than 100,000 villagers recipients of a drinking water supply service
The Burkinabe Sud-Ouest region announced to be delegating to the Burkinabe company VERGNET BURKINA (11 employees, Ouagadougou, subsidiary of VERGNET HYDRO [Orléans, France]) the management of 9 drinking water supply centers, located in rural areas of the Loba and Bougouriba provinces, in the municipalities of Zambo, Guéguéré, Koper, Oronkua (Centre and Orpoune), Dissihn (Nakar), Bondigui, Iolonioro (Diassara) and Navielgané. “This new activity, launched in 2009, allows us to reach the symbolic threshold of providing 100,000 people with drinking water through the delegated management services offered by our subsidiary. The enthusiasm shown by Burkinabe local authorities lets us believe there is still enormous potential for scaling up this management activity”, states Christophe LEGER, VERGNET HYDRO Deputy Managing Director.
VERGNET BURKINA is now in charge of 29 small piped networks in Burkina Faso, located in the Sud-Ouest, Hauts-Bassins, Centre-Nord and Centre-Ouest regions. For this purpose, the Burkinabe SME has entered into Public Service Delegation (PSD) contracts with 25 municipalities. “Each one of these affermage contracts commits VERGNET BURKINA to providing a sustainable drinking water supply service to the local people over a period of 10 years, and to finance the upkeep of pumping equipment with the turnover generated from water sales by volumes (jerrycans, barrels and buckets), at a tariff commonly set with the communal authorities and validated by the municipal councils”, specifies Jean-Christophe KI, Managing Director for VERGNET BURKINA.
A network of 201 involved and skilled collaborators
Before the start of the water supply services, the municipalities hand over to the operator their small piped networks brought up to standards: inspection of water pipes and standpipes and control of the pumping equipment, water tanks and water quality. The groundwater water is pumped through fuel-powered generators (44,5% of the centers), solar units (18,5%), hybrid solar systems (18,5%) and the national electrical grid SONABEL (18,5%). “Before we start operating the water service for the villagers, it is important to prepare the equipment and to put in place the procedures to be able to monitor precisely and objectively the water quantities consumed at each standpipe. We have therefore equipped all the water points (collective standpipes, private connections) with water meters”, adds Abdoulaye SORY, Hydraulic Engineer for VERGNET BURKINA.
Water supply is about service delivery. Hence, it is heavy on human resources. VERGNET BURKINA already relies on a network of 201 collaborators (21 network managers, 9 cashiers and 171 standpipe caretakers), whom manage together the 29 rural water networks. “High quality services require involved and skilled employees. That’s why their remuneration is tied to the water volumes consumed at the standpipes on which they work. In addition, we organize regular training sessions”, explains Samuel SAWADOGO, Chief Operations Officer for VERGNET BURKINA.
A R&D project that led to the creation of the startup UDUMA
The water supply management model can also be applied on manual pumps, which represents a real innovation in the sector of rural water supply. Since 2016, as part of the UNICEF Burkina Faso Research Action Project “E-PUMP”, VERGNET BURKINA has been operating the drinking water service for 112 manual pumps: 50 in Dassa and 57 in Kyon (Centre-Ouest administrative district) and 5 in Niankorodougou (Cascades administrative district). “The results of this pilot project contributed to the creation of the company UDUMA MALI, which will soon be operating 1,400 manual pumps in Malian rural areas (Sikasso administrative district), serving 560,000 villagers”, continues Christophe LEGER.
It should be noted that the VERGNET BURKINA water supply services received two Water and Sanitation Awards (categories “research and innovation” and “water resources recovery”) at the 3rd National Forum for Water and Sanitation (Partenariat National de l’eau du Burkina Faso, PNE-BF), on 2 February 2018 in Ouagadougou, and the 1st Innovators Market Award at the National Conference on the Efficient Management of Drinking Water Services in Rural and Semi Urban Areas, on 19 October 2017 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
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EPB and VERGNET HYDRO: The will to lead together projects of drinking water supply in Central African Republic
Picture caption: Pierre-Alfred LEBARAMO is checking the function of a HPV60-2000 pump.
“L’ETABLISSEMENT PIERLY BUSINESS (EPB) is from now on the representative of the VERGNET HYDRO pumps in Central African Republic”, says Pierre-Alfred LEBARAMO, co-owner (with his wife, Lydie Linda LEBARAMO) of the Central African small business created in September 2016 (Bangui, 1st district). Besides this sales representation of VERGNET HYDRO, EPB proposes services of hydraulic engineering and trains stakeholders of the sector of the rural and semi-rural hydraulic structures.
“First of all, we were looking for a qualified and solid partner for ensuring distribution of replacement parts of the VERGNET HYDRO manual pumps. And, EPB has fully responded to our expectations”, confides Thierry RACON, Business Manager of VERGNET HYDRO. Indeed, Pierre-Alfred LEBARAMO, engineer in the fields of water and sanitation, has worked in the water sector in Central Africa for the past couple of decades.
The desire to develop the activities of the small company EPB
“We also have the will to lead together new projects of drinking water supply in Central African rural areas”, continues Thierry BARBOTTE, MD of VERGNET HYDRO. “Market outlooks which meet our desire to develop the activities of our young company, to expand our staff and to rely on local competences”, concludes Pierre-Alfred LEBARAMO.
Today, one Central African villager out of six is provided with drinking water by VERGNET HYDRO pumps.
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ODIAL SOLUTIONS reveals its strategy and strengthens its African partners network
Picture caption: photograph of the participants in the PARTNERSHIP DAYS 2017.
The ODIAL SOLUTIONS group receives 10 heads of partner companies from 10 subsaharian countries, from the 28th to the 30th of September in its headquarters (Ingré, France). “Although 17 of our African partners have not been able to join us because they did not receive their visas, for incomprehensible reasons, this event, full of brainstorming sessions, information sessions and cultural trips, is the opportunity to strengthen our powerful and active network and to introduce to our partners the strategy of the group, the activities of our new subsidiary UDUMA and our commitment to the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles of the UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT”, specifies Thierry BARBOTTE, ODIAL SOLUTIONS CEO.
Today, the majority of the countries facing a low rate of access to drinking water are in Sub-Sahara Africa. To be precise, 400 million of rural people do not have any access to safe water in this region. However, the share of the overseas development assistance dedicated to water and sanitation in Africa is decreasing ever since 2013. It was even reduced by half between 2013 and 2015. “It is now 10 times lower than the necessary amount for achieving the Goal 6 (“Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the UNITED NATIONS, adopted by the world leaders in September 2015.”
A new funding model to ensure access to drinking water in Sub-Sahara Africa
“We are therefore obliged to invent a new funding model to ensure access to drinking water in Sub-Sahara Africa. Our new subsidiary UDUMA explores a revolutionary model”. On behalf of the local authorities and communities, UDUMA rehabilitates, operates and manages public manual pumps, which are often the only source of clean drinking water. UDUMA equips the pumps with water meters and data loggers. UDUMA guarantees a continuous water service with a 72-hour max downtime, at an affordable tariff.
“In practice, in a village which choses to delegate its drinking water supply service to UDUMA, each inhabitant has an e-card which enables them to buy, from certified pump operators, quantities of water they need. These cards are credited in dedicated kiosks or online.” An original model which is taking shape. Indeed, the young company UDUMA has launched its first Public Private Partnership, Wednesday the 20th of September 2017 in Bamako. UDUMA vies to provide 560.000 people in rural Mali (1,400 manual pumps, SIKASSO Region) with drinking water for the next 15 years.
Its will to extend its CSR policy
Yet it must be noted that this event is the opportunity for the ODIAL SOLUTIONS group to officially announce its will to extend its CSR policy and to involve all its subsidiaries in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). “VERGNET HYDRO has been a member of the UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT for 7 years now. From now on, the ODIAL SOLUTIONS group and all its subsidiaries vie to respect the GLOBAL COMPACT’s 10 principles linked to the respect of human rights, international labor rights, environmental rights and anti-corruption.”
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ODIAL SOLUTIONS and VEOLIA launch a comprehensive drinking water and electricity supply offer for people in urban and rural Africa
Picture caption: Thierry BARBOTTE, CEO of the ODIAL SOLUTIONS Group, and Martine VULLIERME, VEOLIA Senior Vice President Africa/Middle East, interviewed at the SIWI SOFA « Supplying urban/rural areas with water and electricity simultaneously » (WORLD WATER WEEK 2017, Stockholm).
« Today, we are launching a comprehensive VEOLIA / ODIAL SOLUTIONS drinking water and electricity offer for urban and rural African populations » announced Thierry BARBOTTE, CEO of the ODIAL SOLUTIONS Group (holding of the companies VERGNET HYDRO and UDUMA), at WORLD WATER WEEK 2017 (27 August to 1 September in Stockholm). « Our joint participation in this event is a very clear call to the major international donors [the World Bank, the African Development Bank, etc.] and the water and energy policy makers to support this novel approach » continued Martine VULLIERME, VEOLIA Senior Vice President Africa / Middle East.
As things stand 60 million people in urban areas and 400 million in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water. And although one person in three in cities has electricity, only one person in six in rural areas does. This imbalance between urban and rural areas in particular results in an unchecked rural exodus, which causes economic, social and health problems. « We want to make donors and governments aware of the principle of equal access to essential services for everyone », said Martine VULLIERME.
To compensate for the urban/rural territorial divide
Prices per litre of water and per kilowatt-hour are naturally higher in rural areas than in urban areas. Unlike an urban project concentrated on one site, a water or electricity supply project covering a rural area is a combination of a number of individual small-scale projects located at a distance from each other. The isolation of rural water and electricity points also makes management and maintenance more costly. They therefore tend to deteriorate more rapidly.
« The new comprehensive VEOLIA / ODIAL SOLUTIONS project is designed to compensate for this territorial divide by promoting water and electricity projects covering both urban and rural areas », explained Thierry BARBOTTE enthusiastically. The combination makes it possible to equalize prices between areas. Although the model requires a small financial effort to be made by the urban areas, it makes the cost of a litre of water and a kilowatt-hour far more accessible for people in rural areas.
VEOLIA and ODIAL SOLUTIONS’ joint program marks the total commitment of the two groups to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the leaders of all the United Nations member states in September 2015. More specifically, it meets the clean water and sanitation goal (SDG 6), the affordable and clean energy goal (SDG 7) and the partnerships for the goals (SDG 17).
In 2016 VEOLIA and ODIAL SOLUTIONS completed a joint project in Niger for 128 small-scale drinking water networks equipped with solar pumps.
Vergnet Hydro joins the scientific committee of Solidarité Eau programme
Recognized for its skills and its experience, Vergnet Hydro joins the scientific committee of Solidarité Eau programme. The main objective of the programme, known as pS-Eau, is to increase and improve actions in favor of access to drinking water and sanitation in developing countries.
To meet this challenge, pS-Eau is organized in three main areas:
- Innovation: ensuring scientific watch and improving understanding of water and sanitation sector issues
- Support: supporting French actors in decentralized and non-governmental cooperation (local authorities, non-profit organizations, etc.) in the design of projects regarding access to drinking water and sanitation and improving the coherence of implemented actions
- Mobilization: informing, exchanging and mobilizing around the cause of access to water and sanitation for all, increasing the commitment and funding allocated to this sector and leading debates on the problems linked with it.
Within the framework of its “innovation” activities, pS-Eau relies on a scientific committee, which is a place for debates and exchanges between experts in the sector and also an advice on the thematic orientations of pS-Eau, particularly in relation to themes of high stakes: climate change, energy costs control for small-scale drinking water networks in rural areas, innovative financing in the field of sanitation and maintenance of hydraulic structures of which hand and foot pumps are part.
Vergnet Hydro is very pleased to take part in the discussions of the pS-Eau Scientific Committee and to support pS-Eau in its monitoring and R&D activities.
Vergnet Hydro’s partner SOMECA launches its website
SOMECA which is located in Antananarivo, is the exclusive representative for the brand Vergnet Hydro in Madagascar. As a service industry company specialised in industrial electricity and in industrial equipment supply, SOMECA distributes our hand and foot pumps.
Together with our partner, we implemented numerous hand and foot pumps, helping more than 1.4 million Malagasy people with the supply of safe drinking water.
Contact SOMECA for any of your project or after-sales service needs!