MSABI and WellDone partner to improve monitoring for Pump for Life

In February, MSABI installed 15 new monitoring devices to our water pumps around Ifakara. If successful, these devices will collect information about the pumps, and help us provide faster repairs and continuous access to water. MSABI is pilot testing this new technology in partnership with WellDone International, a San Francisco-based organization. 

Setting up the MoMo's before deployment. The devices fit on the end of the water spout on MSABI rope pumps.

Setting up the MoMo's before deployment. The devices fit on the end of the water spout on MSABI rope pumps.

The monitoring devices, called MoMos (for Mobile Monitor), measure and record the use of the water pumps. Each MoMo reports this information via text or cell data to a database shared with MSABI. With this data, we’ll see how often the pumps are being used each day, and better evaluate and improve our water point program over time. 

The MSABI team plans MoMo installation with Austin from WellDone International.

The MSABI team plans MoMo installation with Austin from WellDone International.

 

WellDone designed, built, and provided the MoMos for this pilot test. WellDone’s Executive Director Austin McGee, visited MSABI in Ifakara to set up the devices and make sure they were working properly after installation.

Communities and schools enrolled in MSABI’s Pump For Life insurance program received the MoMos.  Pump For Life provides repairs for rope pump wells in case of damage or breakdown. Currently, mechanics visit these pumps proactively for inspections and also when the pump owners’ report an issue.

With the new tracking devices, Pump For Life mechanics could receive alerts when the pumps are in need of repair.  This means less down time for the wells, which are the closest and often cleanest water source for the community. 

This marked the second round of MoMo installations, with an initial trial taking place in August 2014. The newest versions include design and technology improvements based on the findings from that first trial.

From left: Alphoncia, Pump for Life program manager, Austin from WellDone, Thomas, a MSBAI driller, and Riziki, Pump for Life's Idete-based mechanic, at a pump with MoMo installed.

From left: Alphoncia, Pump for Life program manager, Austin from WellDone, Thomas, a MSBAI driller, and Riziki, Pump for Life's Idete-based mechanic, at a pump with MoMo installed.

MoMo installed on a water pump. Water flows through the device, which records the use of the pump. 

MoMo installed on a water pump. Water flows through the device, which records the use of the pump. 

Incorporating technology like advanced monitoring helps MSABI improve the sustainability of our pumps and reduce the cost of maintenance. We’re excited to partner with WellDone to test this new technology and provide reliable access to clean water throughout Tanzania. 

WellDone’s pilot program with MSABI is funded by the World Bank.