Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for India

Impact: 500 Served

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

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Community Profile

Community Profile
The village of Punjai Sangenthi is comprised
of 1700 poor, landless laborers, living in 250 thatched roof huts and
150 tiled roof homes. The 200 children attend school at a local,
unified school facility run by the government welfare department. The
school offers classes from 1st Standard through 10th Standard.

the only water source is government provided tap water, which is only
usable for washing clothes and bathing. The water storage tank is not
clean and leaches saline into the water. It is cleaned only once per
year. The water runs to the village for 2 hours per day; one hour in
the morning and one hour in the evening. However, the further down the
water line a villager lives, the less water they will receive. Actual
availability time is much less. Additionally, when the electricity is
out, the villagers must walk 0.5 km to obtain water. For clean,
drinking water, the villagers must purchase bottled water.

village official, Wishvanathan, has requested two deep bore wells with
hand pumps for this village, one on the East side of the village and
one on the West.

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Project Type

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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