20 drillers trained by SHIPO SMART Centre received a training by the Water Institute between the 18th and the 20th November at SHIPO premises.
In June 2019, the Ministry of Water offered a course with the aim of helping small companies to get a recognized certification for their drilling activities. From 2020 on, this certification will be mandatory for any company conducting drilling activities in Tanzania. Most of the drillers trained by SHIPO SMART Centre did not manage to attend it, mainly due to financial restrictions. Understanding the importance of this certificate, SHIPO decided to arrange this training by the Water Institute in Njombe and support the entrepreneurs to attend it.
20 drillers from 12 different groups attended the 5-day training in Njombe and got certified. The course involved the following areas:
- Basics of Hydrogeology
- Introduction to drilling of wells
- Drilling equipments and methods
- Drilling operations
- Basics of conducting pump tests
- Basics of geophysical survey for groundwater exploration
The training was also a perfect chance to present to the Water Institute the SMARTechs, the SMART Centre approach and the work SHIPO has been doing for the past years, at which they were very impressed.