The Zambia International Trade Fair 2017
The Zambia international Trade Fair 2017, held under the theme “Innovation for industrialise” and the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) was once more privileged to be part of the event as it joined hands with various institutions in showcasing its deeds and that which is set to be rolled out in its future operations. WARMA exhibited by being housed in the stand hall for its umbrella body, the Ministry Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection (MWDSEP). This year’s show was special in that it was the first time that the different organs of MWDSEP, namely WARMA itself, the Department of the Water Resources Development, Department of Water Supply and Department of Environment shared a hall and this truly reflected a spirit of unity.
WARMA’s components of its exhibition translated into a message that was clearly aligned to the show’s theme. This was achieved by displaying to the world the wonders that various technological innovations that are set to play a role in the industrialisation aspects of water resources management. The products included software products namely GeODin, which is basically a Groundwater database that has the ability to store information on boreholes and thereby displaying it in simplified tables, and diagrams. Other GeODin is also able to conduct data exchange and analyse tasks and can also be utilised to run a groundwater permitting system. Other tasks include, licensing of drillers, groundwater quality monitoring, querying and mapping owing to the fact that the software is integrated with QGIS.
The implementation of the upgrading of strategic standard gauging station into telemetric station was among the technological milestones that WARMA showcased. The fundamental benefits of telemetric stations is their ability to automatically relay captured hydrological and weather readings directly to a centralised national data storage system via a saver. This is coupled by their ability to allow for onsite downloading of readings onto a computer devise. The technology has also brought up platform that has led to easy/ convenient data storage, analysis, interpretations and display.
Technological innovation that would are crucial to the industrialisation in the context of water resources management were further brought to the attention of the public by displaying automated data collection equipment namely, the ADCP and portable labs, whose tasks are to measure river discharge and water quality parameters, respectively. Emphasis was placed on the ability of the ADCP’s ability to measure river current for huge river such as the Zambezi River. As for water quality, the exhibition made it clear on WARMA’s ability to take measurements of basically all the fundamental Water Quality parameters in the underlined categories of biological, physical and chemical signatures of water. This was affirmed by displaying lab equipment that is capable of detecting heavy metals as their monitoring of such parameters is paramount in a social and economic environment that is aligned to industrialisation.
Another innovative product displayed was the IWRMIS, a mobile phone App that will make it convenient for operators of Gauging stations to transmit the river flow levels and other associated readings associated at a click of a button. The showcasing was also accompanied by display and circulation of a range of forms that a cardinal to operations of WARMA. This included forms for Water Permit Application, Commercial borehole registration, borehole completion forms. Information dissemination was further carried out by the distribution of a range of brochures with information on WARMA’s mandate, guidelines on the acquisition of water permits, GeODin Software, Groundwater Resources Management Support Programme (GReSP), etc.
The high moment of the show was encountered when the Permeant Secretary for MWDSEP Bishop Chomba visited the stand in his bid to appreciate what had been exhibited. He also took time to interact and motivate the personnel at the stand. Other high moments were the visits done by chief personnel of the exhibiting departments/ units and the visit of the stand by the Muvi TV crew. All in all, WARMA stood out to be among the sweetest aromas at the exhibition stand and such an acknowledgement deserves to be upheld.