Captured at a Trianon, Haiti community spring source, these men represented the Haitian organization, the National Directorate for Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA). In this particular view, these DINEPA technicians were in the process of performing tests on water samples in order to determine their chlorine concentration. Here, one tech was adding the required DPD colorimetric reagent (N,N-diethyl-p-phenylenediamine) to the sample, and will look for the appropriate color change in the presence of chlorine. With Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support, 54 of the 270 Drinking Water and Sanitation Technicians, or TEPAC (Techniciens en Eau Potable et en Assainissement pour les Communes) across Haiti, work for, and are equipped with motorcycles and testing equipment, and salaried through DINEPA.
"Access to safe water and sanitation are fundamental to public health. DINEPA was created to address challenges to and lack of regulations for the rural water sector in Haiti. Since its inception, DINEPA has established regional water and sanitation offices in each of Haiti’s four main regions, and Rural Departmental Units in each of the country’s 10 departments. To further support and strengthen this work, CDC developed and helped implement training for over 250 rural potable water and sanitation technicians who work in all rural areas of Haiti to inventory, rehabilitate, and disinfect rural water supplies."