Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 2013

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Community Profile

This project is part of Bridge Water Project's program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


The proposed St. Peters Elukala primary school was started in 2009 and sponsored by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has been in the fore front of supporting communities to enhance Education and seeing that kids don’t go long distances in search of Education. The school currently offers education from baby class to standard six. The school however faces the challenge of access to quality water for their domestic use. The church management committee and the School have therefore requested Bridge Water Project to intervene in the matter and drill a borehole that is aimed at providing quality water for domestic use and improving sanitation and hygiene standards of the pupils.  


The school access water from a stream which is 500m away hence the quality of water is not good and again it dries up during dry seasons.


The   school population is as follows:

            Students                      557

            Teachers                      10

            Support staff               2

            Community                 30 households (approx. 5 members per household)               


The school has two pit latrines which serve the pupils and the latrines are washed daily and the classrooms are washed twice per week. There is no hand washing points neither outside the classrooms nor at the toilets. The school has a water filter which is not enough to filter water for the whole school as required.


If a well is drilled it will benefit the pupils of and the surrounding Elukala community.


There is need to intervene and drill a well at the school compound so that the  pupils and the entire community can have access to clean and safe water for their domestic use. With availability of a reliable well, the school will start a health club that will instill good health habits to the learners hence making them hand washing champions, the feeding program will help the kids not to waste a lot of time going home at lunch time therefore having enough time to read and improving their performance in school.


The water committee is already there and it will be strengthened during sanitation and hygiene workshop prior to the implementation of the project. The water committee will comprise of the, teachers on staff and community members.

Project Updates

March, 2018: New Intervention at Lukala Primary School

The initial project at this school (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping this school with first time water access. Equally as important to this school and The Water Project is providing ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.

Because of our commitment to this school (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve decided to construct a rainwater catchment tank that will store 50,000 liters of rainwater that’s chlorinated throughout the year. This is a proven solution within this specific region. To see that work, click here.

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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!