Posted: Monday, July 11, 2022. 6:14 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Ministry of Rural Transformation
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Staff of the Rural Water and Supply Unit and Rural Community Development Officers within the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government today started a five-day training session on geophysical water detection techniques using electrical resistivity technology.
The Ministry of Rural Transformation said officers from the Hydrology and Geology departments, the National Meteorological Service, the National Climate Change Office, and the Belize Social Investment Fund are also participating.
The training is being conducted by Dr. Robert Wiley, Research Associate Professor from the University of Houston, and his associate Johnathan Magnus. The Ministry said Dr. Wiley is a groundwater geophysics lecturer with extensive experience in industry research.
The training includes both theoretical and practical application methods.
“The theoretical component includes field techniques, safety, and data analysis and interpretation using a 2.5 Hz Ultra MiniRes s/n 332 Resistivity Meter, which the ministry has acquired,” said the Ministry of Rural Transformation.
“The resistivity meter is used to test a location for the presence of ground water by measuring the amount of resistance to the electrical flow.”
According to the Ministry, the electrical resistivity meter, as well as the training, will equip the staff with the tools and data to conduct groundwater exploration. This in turn will enable the Rural Transformation Department to provide clean potable water to all rural communities.
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