Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Under Community Care
Initial Installation: Nov 2013

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Community Profile

There are two schools who benefit from this water source: a Primary School with 227 students and a Secondary School with 180 students. For this project, it was a bit difficult to get everyone together since it is harvest season. Also, the language here is different than Dagara (Pougouli), which made training a little more difficult to translate. Without this source up and functional, locals must rely on an open well to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and open defecation in the area, community members and schoolchildren suffer from hygiene and water-related diseases.

During the well rehabilitation, the team made repairs to/replaced the: pump dead, pump handle, and pump base, rods, the water tank, riser main and drop pipe, cylinder and chain.

The well is 22 meters deep with a static water level of five meters.

Not only did the team restore clean water to Bouni, 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 who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and who are responsible for maintaining the well after the team leaves the area.

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


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