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The Water Project: Orunkua Beserke Community -
The Water Project: Orunkua Beserke Community -
The Water Project: Orunkua Beserke Community -
The Water Project: Orunkua Beserke Community -
The Water Project: Orunkua Beserke Community -
The Water Project: Orunkua Beserke Community -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jun 2013

Functionality Status:  Current Monitoring Data Delayed

Last Checkup: 04/27/2018

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Community Profile

When the team arrived, 400 community members were depending on an unprotected spring to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, and malaria among other preventable water-related illnesses. Most residents here practice subsistence farming to support their families.

We installed new rods, riser main, drop pipe, cylinder, and chain. These new parts are all made of stainless steel.

The well has a total depth of 37 meters with a static water level of 7 meters.

Not only did the team restore clean water to Besserke, but they also brought important information on hygiene and sanitation. They taught about hand-washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make an Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons were taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices and implement community-driven solutions.

During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of 4 men and 4 women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. This water committee is also responsible for helping maintain the well after the team leaves the area and who are responsible for collecting an annual well maintenance fee of $0.50 USD per person.

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


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