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The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Water Storage Contianers
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Stove
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Rainwater Tank
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Latrine
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Josephine Kalekye
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Hanging Clothes To Dry
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Chicken Coop
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Cattle
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Carrying Water Home
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Scooping Water
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Water Containers Out For Collecting Water
The Water Project: Utini Community A -  Open Water Source

Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  03/31/2019

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Utuni is located on the slopes of Iveti Hills, which stretch from Machakos Town to the Kathiani/Mitaboni area and has a man-made forest called Katunga Forest. The area is vegetative, as it is predominated by trees and it has red fertile soil. Most of the natural vegetation has been cleared to make room for agricultural practices. Thanks to the high altitudes that the area boasts, a lot of coffee is planted by local farmers.

On an average day for the community members, the women and children wake up at 6am to go fetch water to use for cooking breakfast while the children prepare to go to school and the men ready to tend to their farms. Some people travel more than 3 hours to get water from an unprotected spring – a trip that takes up to 5 hours.

A lot of the time is spent waiting in line to collect water. During the dry seasons, the waiting queues at the water sources are usually even longer, as people from all corners merge at the same water point.

Due to the water scarcity in the area, the members of the community opt to buy water from vendors which is expensive for them. Rampant cases of waterborne diseases, such as typhoid and skin diseases with symptoms that resemble ringworm, are reported due to the stagnant water pools that are near the spring.

Constructing a dam and new well will help provide the community with a solution to accessing clean water, it will reduce the rate of contracting waterborne diseases and also help in their farming activities.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Utini Community has been the Jirani Mwema Self-Help Group, which is comprised of farming households that are working together to address water and food scarcity in their region. These members will be our hands in feet in both constructing water projects and spreading the message of good hygiene and sanitation to everyone.


We’re going to train the self-help group members and their communities on hygiene and sanitation practices. Not much more than half of the households here have a place to use the bathroom. Sanitation conditions are poor. Even if a family has a pit latrine, they are not washing them because of the water shortage. Water is not set aside for washing hands after either.

Most homesteads have clotheslines, latrines and bathing shelters. However, there needs to be an improvement in hygiene and sanitation – especially when it comes to handwashing, cleaning of latrines and proper storage of utensils in the kitchen area. All of this will also be improved if they have a nearby water access point.

Hand-Dug Well

This particular hand-dug well is being built adjacent to this group’s ongoing sand dam project (click here to see), which will supply clean drinking water once it rains. We have supplied the group with the tools needed for excavation. With the guidance of our artisans and mechanics, the excavated well will be cased, sealed with a well pad, and then finished with a new AfriDev pump.

Excavation takes a month or more on average, depending on the nature of the rock beneath. Construction of the well lining and installation of the pump takes 12 days maximum. The well will be lined with a concrete wall including perforations so that once it rains, water will filter in from the sand dam.

This well will be located in Utini Village and will bring clean water closer to families having to walk long distances for their water.

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Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.


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