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In-Situ donates water level tapes to help protect ground water near Ebola care facilities


April 17, 2015
By Ground Water Canada

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April 17, 2015, Fort Collins, CO – In-Situ Inc., has donated
11 ground water level dip tapes to the Ministry of Water Resources in Sierra
Leone to help officials monitor ground water levels and better understand recharge at a source near Ebola care facilities.

April 17, 2015, Fort Collins, CO – In-Situ Inc. has donated
11 ground water level dip tapes to the Ministry of Water Resources in Sierra
Leone to help officials monitor ground water levels and better understand recharge at a source near Ebola care facilities.

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Sierra Leone is in the grip of the worst Ebola outbreak in
history and the dip tapes are being used to monitor ground water levels at
wells and boreholes adjacent to Ebola care facilities. The tapes will then be
deployed to local councils to help establish an initial national
ground-water-monitoring network.

The Ministry of Water Resources Water Security program is
designed to help protect water sources from wastes arising at Ebola treatment
facilities. The ministry will also continue to monitor ground water levels so
that ground water recharge can be better understood.

 groundwater_levels_-_rt100_logger_data
 

Ground-water-level data in a hand-dug well collected every
15 minutes by the Ministry of Water Resources using In-Situ Rugged TROLL 100
loggers, compared to monthly rainfall totals.

 rainfall_data
 

“The donation of water level tapes is already making a
difference. The Ministry of Water Resources can now train and equip more
technical personnel to assist with ongoing assessments of water supplies at
Ebola care facilities. This increased capacity to monitor levels is
particularly important and is timely to help us assess water supplies during
the use and gradual decommissioning of Ebola care facilities,” said Mohamed
Sahr E Juanah, head of the water resources, in a news release.

 

“We absolutely recognize the importance of measuring
(monitoring) our water resources so we can make informed decisions and
undertake appropriate follow-up action. This impressive donation will not only
help to provide better information, the equipment supplied is ideal because it
matches the skills and capacities in [the] country. It is a great example of
the right technology choice,” water quality analyst Ishmail Kamara said.

 

In-Situ equipment, including dip meters and Rugged TROLL 100
water level loggers, has been supplied to the Ministry of Water Resources since
2012 as part of a range of vital monitoring equipment that is helping Sierra
Leone re-establish hydrometeorological monitoring networks destroyed during a 10-year
civil war.

 

The logging equipment has allowed the ministry to maintain
monitoring throughout the Ebola emergency and is proving invaluable in building
a long-term, high-resolution record to help the country manage water resources.