From 10 to 12 September 2021, PIROI organised at Combani (Mayotte) a training workshop on water treatment in emergencies for response team members and local water management stakeholders.

When emergencies occur, PIROI response focuses on emergency shelter construction as well as water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH). In the event of a disaster, PIROI aims to ensure that everyone has access to safe drinking water, which is why it has several water treatment units pre-positioned in contingency warehouses throughout the south-west Indian Ocean.

PIROI’s capacity to respond to drinking water needs during emergencies is ensured by a network of specialised volunteers who are ready to help local communities. The practical workshop organised at Combani in partnership with Aquassistance intends to strengthen the technical capacities regarding water treatment in emergencies of local stakeholders, particularly WASH volunteers but also other partners working in the water and crisis management sectors.

people were trained in water treatment methods.

The course took place over three days and had a twofold focus:

  • Theoretical training to revise basics about water production in emergencies
  • Hands-on training let trainees practise assembling, operating, and dismantling water treatment lines.