How We Do It
Project information gathering
Once initial contact has been made with a non government organization (NGO) that has an interest in a partnership with Legacy Water Foundation, the information gathering process begins. The first step is an in-depth discussion on who they are, with references from other qualified organizations. If they don’t have references to provide us with we then work in other ways to understand them and what their ministry is about. Other information we require are:
the need for the project and the anticipated benefits
infrastructure within the NGO organization to provide project and ongoing post-project support
anticipated timelines for the project
physical infrastructure in place at the proposed project location
financial ability of the NGO to complete the project
potential negative aspects of the project
On site visit and water sample analysis
Once it has been determined that a project is a viable option, the proposed project site is visited by us or by a known reputable source:
1. (If it’s a water treatment situation) a water sample is collected. The sample is then taken to an accredited lab and a full analysis of the water is done. This measure of quality control is necessary to determine what type of contaminants need to be addressed by water treatment technology.
2. (If it’s a water supply situation) a detailed plan of attack regarding either water well rehabilitation or new water well construction is made with the local supporting NGO or local community.
Equipment designing, building and shipping or local contractor review
In the case of a water treatment situation, the water sample analysis is completed, the results will determine what, if any, type of treatment needs to be done. The type of treatment required will be decided with input from members of the Canadian Water Quality Association. The best technological application will be designed, and project components will be selected.
In a water supply situation, quotes are supplied to us and with the support of the local NGO or community individuals, a contractor is chosen.
Equipment installation, training and project monitoring
In order to get the most out of the funds received we try to do as much remotely as possible. As the project is moving forward our partners overseas send detailed progress reports back to us. We assist if any technical issues arise but for the most part the companies that are used to do the work often know their craft as well as anyone.
The financial need for each project will be unique based on:
Water treatment technology required / Water supply method chosen
Financial agreement between NGO and LWF