Ralf Knoche
bild Republic of Indonesia
Feasibility study and post-evaluation of rural water supply
Period: 04/2007 – 05/2007
Employer: Technisches Hilfswerk (THW, German Federal Agency for Technical Relief)
Description: A heavy seaquake provoked on 26th December 2004 a tsunami (partly more than 20 metres high) that led to severe damages in Sumatra and other parts of the Indian Ocean. As a consequence more than 200,000 people lost their lives only in the province Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and in the city of Banda Aceh. Only 15 % of people living very close to the coast survived. More than 800,000 people were dependent on emergency relief and assistance for reconstruction.

In this context also the island of Simeulue was hit, approximately 150 km off the west of Sumatra. A lot of public infrastructure was destroyed however almost no victims of the 80,000 residents could be counted. The people fled in time to the mountains because they were warned from reports: In 1907 Simeulue was hit by a heavy Tsunami when thousands of people died.

In 2006 THW implemented a water supply system for 40,000 beneficiaries. This ECHO-funded project implied 52 km of water supply system and 80 public tapping stations. In 2007 THW planned to implement a water supply system (26 km) for another 6,000 beneficiaries, also including public tapping, funded by UNICEF.
Services provided: - Post-evaluation of ECHO-funded project: keeping of technical
standards during implementation, functional checks, effect of
measures, O&M measures
- UNICEF-funded project: feasibility study and project proposal