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: Feb 2014

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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 Tulon Secondary is a mixed day and Boarding school started in the year 1993 with the help of Tulon Anglican Church of Kenya (A.C.K) Eldoret Dioceses. The Anglican Church wanted to eradicate illiteracy in the entire area of Tulon where it serves. Since inception, the Tulon Secondary School has really molded many responsible men and women of Tulon society, including some who pursued with their studies in university, graduated and who have now returned as teachers in Tulon Secondary School. Among many challenges the school is facing, lack of reliable quality water supply is the most urgent to address.

The school management committee, during their interaction with other schools in Nandi County, learned of Bridge Water Project activities in the Region and immediately made an application to the BWP office requesting assistance in drilling a borehole for their school so as to provide a solution to their lack of access to quality water.


Currently the school has a shallow hand dug well where they draw water using rope and 20 litre bucket. The water from the well is not quality since during rainy season it overflows and turns milky hence increasing the turbidity value to 100, far above the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. During long dry spells it dries up and it forces the school to hire Water Tanks on a daily basis to enable the school programs to continue without interference. Sometimes when they fail to get clean water, students are forced to go through villages 1 ½ km away from the school compound looking for water from the nearest swamp. And as a result many students suffer from typhoid, bilharzia and amoebas.


The school records an enrollment of 330 boys and 380 girls, 28 teaching staff plus 8 non teaching staff totaling to 648 people. (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)


The school has a kitchen where food is prepared and cooked; there are water storage containers, which are clean. They have stores where Grains are kept. There are 3 hand washing stations with soap, which is an inadequate number considering the population of the school. There are clothes lines outside the dormitories, 24 pit latrines (10 for boys and 10 for girls and 4 for teachers) which are washed daily. A composite pit is available where litters are dumped.


If the well is drilled students and teachers of Tulon Secondary School will be the main beneficiaries.


There is need to drill a borehole for Tulon Secondary School that is aimed at improving Sanitation and Hygiene status of the entire school and also enable students access to quality water for their domestic use. Also with a reliable borehole in school, much time wasted while going to fetch water will be used for studies hence improving their academic performance, as well as reducing the disease prevalence mentioned before.


The School Management has already formed a water committee which will be trained by BWP Community Education Facilitators before the implementation of the project. The BWP Staff will also target the students and teachers who will be trained in Sanitation and Hygiene matters (WASH).

Project Updates

03/20/2018: New Intervention at Tulon Secondary 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.

Project Photos

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.