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The Water Project: Mebar Mebar II Community -
The Water Project: Mebar Mebar II Community -
The Water Project: Mebar Mebar II Community -
The Water Project: Mebar Mebar II Community -
The Water Project: Mebar Mebar II Community -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Burkina Faso

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jul 2013

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 03/29/2018

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Community Profile

When the team arrived, 1,000 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 Mebar Mebar II Community were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among many preventable water-related illnesses. That certainly confirmed the importance of this borehole repair!

Community member and farmer Takiebzie Dabire told us that the borehole was breaking down a lot. 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 100 meters deep with a static water level of four meters.

Not only did the team restore clean water to Mebar Mebar II, 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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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.



Contributors

Yakima Foursquare Church