SOLAR WATER PUMPING FOR CHEWORE NORTH & MAINTENANCE
KAPIRINHENGU Field Station, Chewore North, is now receiving water pumped from the Zambezi River using solar power, implemented through Tashinga Initiative’s EU funded CITES MIKES project and a private donor from the USA. Using solar technology, water from the fast flowing Zambezi River now fills the 20,000 litre tanks at this remote, northern border Parks station, saving the station’s minimal budget and removing the ongoing drain on local stakeholders to support the requirement of fuels and servicing for a water pump and engine.
The antipoaching work undertaken by Rangers on this station both on the Zambezi River as well as in the interior of Chewore North is remarkable, given limited resources. With support from stakeholders, the intensity of patrols and coverage of the area is high. The relevant section of the Zambezi River is very well patrolled, and with a dramatically lowered incursion rate by ivory poachers.
The second phase of this project is now completed, with a complete overhaul of the floatation platform for the pump, the placement of two new tanks on the 12m high stand, the solar powered surround fence for the solar panels is up and functioning, the flagpoles have had a facelift, and where materials have allowed, reticulation repairs have been carried out.
The CITES MIKES (Minimising of the Illegal Killing of Elephant and other Endangered Species) project, which has been invaluable since its startup in 2016 for ongoing and vital infrastructural equipment and training support, has provided the backbone for antipoaching patrols to undertake their duties in the vastness of the Zambezi Valley’s protected areas.
A major overhaul of a 25 year old reticulation and plumbing system is absolutely essential and Tashinga Initiative is looking for donors to support this vital, morale boosting necessity.