Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for India

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Feb 2011

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Community Profile

Community Profile
The village Kalapalayam South is situated 2 kilometers east from the Chennai National Highway and 30 kilometers away from Trichirapalli Junction. There are 70 families with a total population of 350 people living in tiled or thatched roof homes. Few live in concrete houses. The villager’s employment is dependent on field work (dry lands) availability. When enough rains come, villagers work an average of 60 days per year. Other don’t have work in their village. Some go to the cities, taking up construction labor and few take up labor in the nearby factories. The village doesn’t have any immediate access to medical, shopping and other services. The transport is available once every two hours through the government provided bus.

They have only one government provided public tap, which is the only source of drinking water to the entire community. They receive very little water as the water is distributed through the tap for just twenty minutes each morning. The villagers have to purchase bottled water or walk to distant places and fetch water from open wells in the fields. The whole village has appealed to DPWA to install a deep bore well with hand pump in their village.

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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!


3 individual donors
Rotaract Club of Bradley University
Community Evangelical Free Church