A-Frame Work for Groundwater Quality Monitoring Based on a Participatory Approach, in SudanAuthor(s): Sahl Yasin, Awad Ahmed
Monitoring the level and the quality of the groundwater provides important information about the coverage of the water, the condition of the aquifers, types of water sectors (public or private), the quality of drinking water, and climatic change. To manage water resources needs long term monitoring plans aided by community participation networks. The main aim of this study is to conceptualize a low-cost frame for ground-water quality monitoring draws on community contribution and participation and on young scientists in Sudan, and addressing citizen science approach, and establish large scale network, in addition, this frame model finding possible trends in the change in water quality. Meanwhile, a collaborative community participation approach involving local community has been applied to assess the quality of groundwater in Alkalakla South Khartoum, Sudan. In this case the frame suggested that network participants inter training programs to measure and analysis physio-chemical and biological parameters in their wells by a low-cost instrument such as sensors and smartphones, however, data and surveys can be sent through smart-phones or datasheet on a web-based portal. Quality control and assurances can be applied to manage the data. The frame model designed to provide stakeholders and can be an extension of government planning information about groundwater quality regularly. Beside shapes the motivation of participants and raised contextual knowledge to close the water quality data gaps, this frame model can be scaled and extended for monitoring of groundwater quality in Sudan. Moreover, it can be a serious alternative of the classical water monitoring program and can be helped stakeholders to solve inevitable change in groundwater quality.