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BushProof balances carbon emissions

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BushProof balances carbon emissions

In light of the global climate emergency, BushProof is now taking the lead in being responsible for the carbon emissions produced by its activities. It is doing this through calculating the emissions produced, and balancing the carbon through a tree planting initiative in the UK run by Forest Carbon and certified by the Woodland Code. In the first stage, we are balancing carbon produced by travel to a training that we ran for ICRC in Kenya during October, which had 17 participants fly in from different countries as far away as the Philippines – the carbon produced from the flights and road transport for all participants and facilitators equated to 27 tonnes, which is now being balanced. Our subsequent plans are to balance carbon for every future training, as well as our annual fuel consumption from all of our drilling activities (machines and transport) in Madagascar. We hope that this can inspire action within other engineering and humanitarian organizations with large carbon footprints.

New rig in operation

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New rig in operation

We have just started to operate our new PAT drill 421 drilling rig. We now own four rigs, allowing us to drill in rotary and down-the-hole hammer up to 200 m deep, and in a maximum diameter of 12’’.

Drainage gallery

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Drainage gallery

BushProof has just started the construction of a groundwater drainage gallery in a shallow valley filled with low permeability sediments. The installation of the 20 metre long drain will help to convey groundwater in a more efficient way to a 10 metre deep abstraction well built on the side. The system will supply water to a part of the Akamasoa Centre, located east of Antananarivo.

Clients : Lumière et Vie pour Madagascar, Henri-Fraise et Fils SA, Groupe STAR Madagascar

Water in Emergency Course

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Water in Emergency Course

BushProof has just completed the third Water in Emergency Course organised with ICRC. The course is now held twice a year in Naivasha (Kenya). For this session, we had 14 motivated participants from various countries, including Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Madagascar.

Client: International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva

Technical Training in Water Infrastructure just completed

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Technical Training in Water Infrastructure just completed

We have just completed one session of our Technical Training in Water Infrastructure, organized in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The next session will be held from 02 to 07 of September 2019 in Antananarivo again. Application is open. Besides this, we will run two other sessions this year for ICRC staff in Nairobi, Kenya.

LEAN Management

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LEAN Management

Staff members at BushProof have recently been introduced by the manager to the LEAN Management (Six Sigma) method. Various good practices aiming at improving the profitability of the company’s operations and the working improvement of the employees are currently being put in place.

Improving production sometimes involves a simple change in the work routine. This is the case in the Canzee hand pump production.

Groundwater resources survey in Marolinta

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Groundwater resources survey in Marolinta

Between July and November, we collaborated with the Swiss NGO MEDAIR in the environmental survey of the commune of Marolinta, situated in the south of Madagascar. This survey has allowed us to gather information on the geology and hydrogeology of the commune. An important part of the survey has consisted of a geophysical exploration at the communal scale allowing to better understand the stratigraphy.

MEDAIR has been able to launch a reconnaissance drilling and water well construction campaign in the commune on the basis of the observations made and reported. Additional information on the groundwater will be gathered during the campaign and will help to better define the options for groundwater abstraction.

Client : MEDAIR, Madagascar

Local groundwater study

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Local groundwater study

BushProof has just completed a detailed hydrogeological study on the east coast of Madagascar, in order to highlight the options of groundwater abstraction on a site and the related risks. Various methods and tools of the hydrogeologist have been used, including the drilling of observation wells, a monitoring of the piezometry and hydrochemistry, extended pumping tests, as well as a geophysical exploration. All that has allowed us to describe the local groundwater system with precision.

We have been offering this service for several years now and are happy to continue to give satisfaction to our clients while improving our knowledge of the groundwater of the country.

Client : Groupe STAR, Madagascar

Large ferrocement water tank

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Large ferrocement water tank

BushProof has just completed the construction of a large ferrocement water tank (3 x 100 m3) in the north of Antananarivo. The reservoir will be filled with rainwater running off a roof. This rainwater collection system has been designed to cover the irrigation needs of a garden during the dry season (drip irrigation). Client: NGO Codegaz, France

RANOWASH project just started !

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RANOWASH project just started !

BushProof is currently conducting field surveys under the RANOWASH project. This $ 30 million USAID-funded project is being implemented by a consortium formed by CARE, CRS, WaterAid, BushProof and Sandandrano. For the next five years we will work on the implementation of water supply systems in remote areas of Atsinanana, V7V and Aloatra-Mangoro regions. Within this program, we wish to contribute to improve the technical approaches traditionally followed by the WASH sector.