Microcomputers in a rural water supply project
conference contributionposted on 12.02.2018, 15:08 by Richard Okello, Hans van Maanen, Bob Bakker
On a large scale microcomputers are used in the Rural Domestic Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in Nyanza Province, Kenya. The microcomputer gradually gained access to most project activities not only in the technical departments, but as well in the non technical sections such as, personnel and payroll administration, budget control and accountancy, secretarial work and reporting. Despite of several unfavorable conditions, as an irregular power supply, the initial unavailabiiity of trained operators and programmers, and the frequent absence of a nearby maintenance, service and spare part supply, the presence of a microcomputer is considered as a tremendous advantage in the project. However, before "computerizing" a project, one should seriously consider the consequences of it. Once microcomputers are introduced, there is hardly a way back. This puts a great responsibility on both the choice of equipment and the manpower operating it.
- Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
- Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)