Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: The Water Promise - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2015

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/19/2023

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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 (edited for clarity):


The proposed Lwanyengo Community came together as a group in the year 2012. It comprises of women and men who agreed to come together as a group to address problems facing them as a community. The group’s current activities are table banking and farming. In this community, access to quality water for domestic use and farming is one of the major challenges experienced. In one of their routine meetings, the group discussed the issue of water as a major problem facing them. The group approached Bridge Water Project in the year 2014 to consider their request to have a borehole drilled to enable them access quality water for their entire community’s domestic use and farming.


The community currently gets water from Lwanyengo spring which is protected but is 1 Km away from the homesteads.. During dry season the water level of the spring diminishes drastically, forcing community members to have to line up for hours waiting to fill up one jerrican.


The Lwanyengo community has a population of 100 households with an average number of 8 people per house (800) 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.)


Hygiene and sanitation condition of the proposed project is average since most homes have kitchens, water storage facilities, dish racks outside and clothe lines. At most every home has a compost pit and pit latrines, however, no hand washing stations were seen in the community. Because of the lack of hand washing stations, there’s need for more training on Hygiene and sanitation in the community.


There’s need to drill a borehole for the proposed Lwanyengo community to enable them access quality water for their domestic use and improve their sanitation and hygiene status


The community is organized in a manner that the water committee is in place and active, further more it will be strengthened by BWP Community Education officers before the implementation of the proposed project.



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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.