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: 04/26/2024

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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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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!