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

When the team arrived, 15,000 people in the community and in surrounding areas had been gathering water from a nearby creek and various open hand-dug wells to sustain their growing water needs. Because of this, families from Dano Sector III Community, were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among many preventable water-related illnesses. That certainly confirmed the importance of this borehole repair!

This well has broken down many times since being installed with PVC pipe materials in 2011. Also, the pump base bolts became detached due to high pump use and the age of the well. So, a new base bolt bracket had to be installed. We also poured a concrete drain canal and dug a drain pit to allow for water to drain off and keep the area free of water contamination. It took several extra days to complete this construction. It was also difficult to get people together in this busy urban area.

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 42 meters deep with a static water level of four meters.

Not only did the team restore clean water to Dano Sector III, 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.

We had the opportunity to meet with 36-year-old community member and small business owner Bagadis Dabire, who said "Like people say, without water there is no life. But if there is water, you can do many things. Presently, my grain-grinding business which is next to the well, we can do nothing without water! Having this well close by is a great help to our business. Today, the major is collecting money to maintain this well in the future. It's difficult to find water here in Dano, and the lines are long. I want to thank you for this project!"

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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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