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!"