Rural Community Developers will no longer tirelessly drill for groundwater. More than fifteen rural community development officers improved their skills in underwater detection through a capacity building exercise. A five-day training session on the use of electrical resistivity technology for geophysical water detection is taking place this week in several villages. According to Rural Transformation Department Coordinator, Elsa Cardinez, water drilling is done sporadically based on residents’ feedback, however, using this equipment will lead to more accurate results. It detects the presence of groundwater by measuring the amount of resistance to electrical flow.
The training is led by University of Houston Associate Research Professor Dr. Robert Wiley. The week-long session focuses on enabling the Department of Rural Transformation to fulfill its mandate to provide safe drinking water to rural areas of Belize.
Cardinez says that through this method, the ministry will be able to fulfill its mandate in a way that reduces the waste of resources.