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Ensuring the sustainability of water facilities and infrastructure in the Sourou sub-basin, Burkina Faso - Focus group discussions

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Maintaining water facilities and infrastructure is a widespread challenge in the Malian section of the Sourou sub-basin. Isolated efforts to overcome these challenges proved ineffective, so a joint focus group was established, uniting water users, technical workers, maintenance personnel, and local companies. This document shares the focus group’s reflections on what was learnt from our collaborative experience, allowing communities and professionals alike to make use of tried-and-tested methods of maintenance and repair. The focus group succeeded in reducing the length of time that water points remain out of use in the Malian section of the Sourou sub-basin.