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The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -
The Water Project: Imulama Dispensary -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2015

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/03/2019

Project Features

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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 Imulama Dispensary started in the year 2002 through the efforts of Imulama Community members who used to go long distances looking for health facilities. In the year 2007, the Development Committee of Imulama Dispensary made an appeal to Ikolomani Constituency Development Funds (CDF) requesting for funds of which they were funded and managed to construct permanent buildings to the facility which enabled the health workers to start offering services. The facility has enough room to admit in patients female and male and children. But due to lack of water supply in the facility, they currently offer service to outpatients only while those that require admission are referred to Kakamega Level 5 hospital which is far away like 17 – 20 KM from Imulama Community and the surrounding area where it serves.

The Imulama Dispensary committee made an appeal to Bridge Water Project requesting for assistance of a borehole to be drilled to enable the Imulama Dispensary facility to function fully as it should.


Currently the facility get water from the Ishiakhondo spring located 800M away from the facility’s compound. Usually the Administration hires women from around to fetch water in 20litres jerrican for a fee of 10 – 20 shs each, which costs the Dispensary an average costs of Kshs. 1200 – 2000 per month.

The water from the said spring records a turbidity value of 80 way below the World Health Organization (WHO) parameters of good water for human consumption.

The facility records indicates that most patients suffer from water borne related diseases i.e Diarrhea, Amoeba sis, Dysentery as a result of using water from the spring mentioned.


The facility almost offers its services to an average of 800 – 1000 per month all are outpatients; 4 nurses, 4 community health workers, 1 community health extension officer, 2 cleaners and 2 security guards. The estimated population of 1014 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.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)


The permanent buildings in the facility are washed on daily basis. There is 1 pit latrine with 4 doors, which serves as 2 toilets and 2 bathrooms and is washed daily with hand washing stations. No kitchen as per now, there is a composite pit where liters are dumped.


There is need to drill a borehole for proposed Imulama Dispensary that is aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene status of the facility. Also enable upgrading of additional services i.e Inpatients, maternity wing that will provide free delivery services to women. That with a reliable water supply in the facility the community will also have an access to quality water for their domestic needs


If the well is drilled, Imulama Dispensary and community will be the beneficiaries.


The Imulama Dispensary Management Committee is organized ready to take full responsibility of operation, maintenance of the water supply if drilled.

Project Updates

01/26/2015: Imulama Dispensary Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Imulama Dispensary in Kenya has a new source of safe, clean water. The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project:

After mobilizing the community members of Imulama, they all converged at the Imulama Dispensary in preparation for a full training on proper hygiene and sanitation. A big number of people attended the training. They all converged at one place as the training was set to begin. Even though it was a clinic day, we managed to deliver the sessions to the community members.

According to the data collected at the Dispensary, most children from this community suffer from diarrheal diseases as most adults suffer from typhoid diseases. All this diseases come as a result of poor practices of hygiene and sanitation.
During the training, more emphasis was put on:
a) Proper hand washing.
b) Water storage and handling
c) Food preparation and its handling.
d) Prevention of diarrheal diseases.
e) Personal hygiene.

Despite the fact that the Dispensary has hand washing stations, the community members do not have hand washing stations in their homes, so more was facilitated on the importance of hand washing, the risks behind hand washing, when hand washing should be done and how to be done.

Poor storage of drinking water, leads to higher chances of contamination. Many households in this community don’t have knowledge or facilities to store water. Some store water in dirty jerricans, which have no lids, some used the same container used for scooping water for drinking purposes. The participants were trained on the best ways of water storage as well as its treatment methods to avoid the expenses of treatment.

To stop diarrheal diseases among children, more emphasis was put on proper handling of food with clean hands so as to break the chain of the spread of diarrheal diseases. Women were encouraged to ensure that their children have an access to clean food, water among other things.

After the community members had undergone training on good hygiene and sanitation, the BWP service team mobilized to the site for the preparation of drilling of the well. The drilling rig was brought on the site where by the geologist identified a point with a high potential of water. The community members helped in the provision of water that was used for drilling. In addition, the community members prepared food for the team. All this was considered as a 20% contribution from the community.
The drilling of the Imulama Dispensary well took three days. The drilled well was then cased at the depth of 42M and static water level is at 20M.

Pad construction was done on 17th December 2014, the same day drilling works ended. The BWP team embarked on pad construction to ensure the borehole was appropriately sealed to prevent contamination of water. The activities included ground excavation, concrete laying and fixing the anchor bolts, plastering, and thereafter left for curing.

Pump installation was done on 29th 2014. The well was installed with a new afridev pump. The choice of pump was informed by its availability locally, durability, ease of maintenance, borehole technical data including the depth and the static water level. School management committee participation in the choice of the pump was minimal. In installing the pump, the PVC riser pipes were joined and installed in the borehole, then left overnight to ensure proper bonding of the joints. The entire process of pump installation was done with participation of some of the school management members in order to capacity build them. The BWP service team trained a pump caretaker on pump components; demonstration of all component function; daily, weekly and monthly checks and repair of common problems causing breakdown such as U seals and bearings. The caretaker was also trained in fault diagnosis and how to liaise with BWP in cases of further technical support in major repairs. No challenges were noted during the pump installation process. Handing over the pump to the school management committee was left pending until the reopening of schools in January.

After all the activities were done to ensure that the Imulama Dispensary has access to clean and safe water, the water project was finally handed over to the management board of the hospital together with the water committee in which the community members are represented.

The water committee together with the Hospital board assured the BWP team that they would ensure proper operations and maintenance of the new water project drilled in the hospital facility.


Take a look to see pictures of the finished project, and the smiles of people who know how much this water will mean to their community.  And Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4281-20-handing-over

12/15/2014: Imulama Dispensary Project Underway

We are excited to announce that Imulama Dispensary will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A new well will be constructed at this medical facility, and the community will be trained in sanitation and hygiene.  Together these resources will go a long way in helping the dispensary staff fight the spread of disease in the area.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including GPS coordinates and pictures.  

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4281-03-imulama-dispensary

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.