The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Ethiopia is using cutting-edge technology to deliver water to drought-hit communities, as they observe World Water Day on Sunday, 22 March. Part of that mission is locating and delivering water by using satellite images, digitized maps, and aerial photographs, as well as data they collect via GPS units. All this technology is used to pinpoint areas that don’t have enough water. The next step is to use the computerized map, GIS, to help design the most appropriate solution.
The IRC helped the villagers to install a pump and a network of piping that feeds water to a series of taps around the community. This is helpful because instead of making the trek, villagers sometimes took water from small, dirty ponds, resulting in illness. One of the key benefits of this project is its impact on the health of the beneficiaries, which has raised the awareness of the importance of personal sanitation.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC