When the team arrived, 850 people in the community and in surrounding areas had been gathering water from an open hand-dug well to sustain their growing water needs. Because of this, families from Dano Dano Sector 2 Community were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among many preventable water-related illnesses. That certainly confirmed the importance of this borehole repair! There are also two schools with a total of 550 students who will also benefit from this repair.
This borehole had been breaking down a lot since its installation in 2011. The team made the necessary repairs, this time replacing all PVC piping with stainless steel pipes. This was all connected to the India Mark II pump.
During the well rehabilitation, the team made repairs to/replaced the: pump head, pump handle, pump rods, pump reservoir, riser main and drop pipe, cylinder and chain. The borehole is 41 meters deep with a static water level of seven meters.
Not only did the team restore clean water to Dano Dano Sector 2, 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.