Improving skills and professionalism in the Rural Water Supply sector is critical to its success. Rural water supply schemes need to be robust, cost effective, accessible, well designed and well built. However, good water projects aren't on their own aren't enough, they need to be part of a broader rural water supply service that is reliable, affordable and accessible to all members of society.

RWSN brings together the know-how and expertise from different water supply technologies and service approaches from around the world. This section draws together some of the key resources that should be of help to those involved in training and education for rural water supply.

The RWSN Secretariat has compiled a list of relevant online and face-to-face trainings of relevance to the rural water sector, mainly in English, with some also in French. You can download it here (last updated in 2019). 

Also take a look at our webinar recordings, which can be useful as learning and teaching tools.

Links from here do not constitute an endorsement from RWSN - please let us know of any broken links

Training Courses/Organisations

University Departments/Courses

Vocational Training Centres

Online Training Modules / Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The RWSN Secretariat has compiled a list of relevant online and face-to-face trainings of relevance to the rural water sector, including MOOCs, mainly in English, with some also in French. You can download it here (last updated in 2019). 

Click on the picture below to go the training videos   produced by Water4 Foundation for using their manual drilling equipment and installing an Access 1.2 pump

Courtesy of Chris Cotner, Water4 Foundation

An online series of 39 lectures has been produced on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) by IWAS (International Water Research Alliance Saxony), together with the German IHP/HWRP (International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO and Hydrology and Water Resources Programme of WMO),

To facilitate access to the module, the 39 lectures are subdivided into six categories:

Target groups of the module are graduating students in water-related fields, decision makers, water experts and administrative staff.

EMAS is a Mobile School for Water and Sanitation based in Bolivia, and run by Wolfgang Eloy Buchner. EMAS is also a whole technical and social concept of water and sanitation which includes manual drilling, rain water harvesting, solar water heaters, wind power, hydraulic rams, water treatment, small tanks and sinks, a variety of hand and foot pumps, and ferrocement water storage tanks.

Two of the best known are probably the EMAS Pump, a low cost direct action pump, and EMAS Drilling, a low-cost sludging and percussion method.

EMAS have produced a series of training video available online that show how to make and use the EMAS equipment:


The following videos are on the WEDC Youtube Channel and have been produced by the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University, UK

Direct Action Pumps (Tara)

Part 1 of 2:

Part 2 of 2:

India Mark II

Part 1 of 2:

Part 2 of 2:

Suction Pumps (No.6 & Rower)

Part 1 of 2:

Part 2 of 2:

Improving the quality and professionalism of manual drilling is critical to improved rural water supplies in many parts of the world. The videos below are training modules produced by EnterpriseWorks/VITA, Practica Foundation and UNICEF.

Courtesy of Jon Naugle, Relief International - EnterpriseWorks/VITA

Improving the quality and professionalism of manual drilling is critical to improved rural water supplies in many parts of the world. The videos below are training modules produced by Dr Peter Morgan, Aquamor, ZImbabwe

Mukombe tippy-tap hand washing device

"Alloy Can" tippy tap hand washing device

Courtesy of Dr Peter Morgan, Aquamor

The videos below demonstrate how to inspect a Zimbabwe 'B' Bush Pump to ensure that all the components are properly amde, assembled and aligned.

by Dr Peter Morgan, Aquamor, ZImbabwe

Bush Pump Inspection - Part 1

Bush Pump Inspection - Part 2


Bush Pump Inspection - Rod Movement

Measuring groundwater level

Courtesy of Dr Peter Morgan, Aquamor

Related Resources

SADC-GMI Short Course 1: Drilling Supervision (2018) 23 – 27 April 2018, Institute for Groundwater Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

The Drilling Supervision short course was conducted to participants from Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states. The training was conducted as part of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for professionals in the groundwater industry. In the modern professional ethics, the groundwater work falls under the hydrogeology/geohydrology profession. However in most of the developing countries, the hydrogeology or geohydrology professional is just starting to evolve and there is therefore limited number of specialized hydrogeologist/geohydrologist experts, thus the training did not exclude all other professionals who are involved at various levels in groundwater.

The course covered: Geology and Groundwater Occurrence; Understanding Basic Aspects of Groundwater; Principles of Borehole Supervision; On-site Supervision; Drilling Preparation; Drilling; Borehole Development and Completion; Field demonstration of pumping test; and Borehole profiling and collection of groundwater samples | »

WASH Capacity Development Resources

The RWSN Secretariat has compiled a list of online and face-to-face trainings of relevance to the WASH sector, and rural water in particular. Last updated in 2019. | »

RWSN Webinar early series, April - Jun 2020 - Presentations and recordings

Source of presentations and recordings of the Early 2020 RWSN Webinar series below. | »

Water Supply Borehole Drilling Supervision Training - Water Futures Programme

This document summarises a 5-day ‘Water Supply Borehole Drilling Supervision’ training programme held in Balaka / Ntcheu Districts (Malawi) between the dates of 1 to 5 October 2018. This initiative was funded by the Scottish Government and delivered through the University of Strathclyde’s Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme (CJF Programme).

The sessions were facilitated and delivered by staff from Malawi Government’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD), University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and Baseflow (Malawian groundwater focussed NGO). The sessions were aimed primarily at district level field staff from MoAIWD District Water Offices with responsibilities for field level supervision of water supply borehole drilling. Attendees were also welcomed from Regional and National MoAIWD Offices, as well as local and international NGOs.

By the end of the week, each attendee had viewed each step of water supply borehole drilling, construction and testing, through a series of field and classroom sessions delivered by experienced water sector professionals. Malawian standards and international best practice were highlighted and emphasised throughout the week. Attendees were encouraged to get ‘hands-on’ taking samples, measurements and making decisions themselves. | »

Professional Management of Water Well Drilling Projects and Programmes Online Course 2018 Report for Course Participants

This document reports on the online course on professional management of water well drilling projects and programmes that took place in early 2018 as part of the Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) 2017-2019 between UNICEF and Skat Foundation. Developing and running the course was made possible with financial support from UNICEF, Skat Foundation and UPGro and in-kind support from UNICEF Madagascar.
A separate, internal report documents the recommended amendments to the course for future editions.
The course materials are available for everyone who registers a username at the Cap-Net Virtual Campus, on:
If you are interested in future courses, or would like to co-sponsor a course, please contact | »

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