Mali : Partnership with SOMAGEP

The Malian Water Supply Management Company (SOMAGEP) is in charge of drinking water supply in urban areas of over 10,000 inhabitants.
SOMAGEP, as part of its capacity building policy for its staff, initiated an ambitious program to increase its different skills: in this context, Messrs Abdul Aziz Traore, Director of the Center Supports and Boubacar Idrissa Maiga, Director of SOMAGEP Distribution, visited the IOWater’s National Water Training Center (NWTC) in August 2014 in France.
As a continuation, SOMAGEP asked IOWater to actively contribute to its program.
Thus, training sessions were already carried out in 2014 in Bamako on the topics of the laying out of pipes and work control and, at La Souterraine, on the automation of water production plants.
An IOWaer expert also undertook a mission to Bamako to accompany SOMAGEP in structuring its 2015 training plan.
In 2015, this partnership was confirmed with the implementation of many training sessions: maintaining the quality of water being distributed, operating drinking water systems, drinking water production, water analysis and laboratory management, supervision of a construction site, water quality sensor, laying out of drinking water pipes, basics of hydraulics, cleaning and disinfection of drinking water works, etc.
Several SOMAGEP engineers have also been trained in Limoges; especially on the management of meters, improving the efficiency of water supply systems, the choice and installation of pumps, operation and maintenance of starters, sensors and gauging, design of pumping stations, bacteriological analyzes, etc.
In total, 15 training courses were carried out under this partnership that enabled the training of over 200 people from SOMAGEP.