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The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -
The Water Project: Hirumbi Primary School Well - Site 2 -

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Sep 2011

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

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Community Profile

A new well will be provided to this primary school near Kakamega, Kenya.

The students currently access water from a river, nearly 4km away.  This water source is contaminated by sewage and by cattle that also drink from the same river. The students and teachers spoke of recent typhoid outbreaks and regular stomach ailments.

The new water source will serve both the school and local community.  The school management committee will oversee the project.

Project Updates


09/19/2011: Hirumbi Primary School project complete!

Staff at Bridge Water Project are delighted to inform us that the project at Hirumbi is complete, and has been a great success!

The team have now installed the pump and water is now flowing. This has been a great project so far, and we’d like to thank Bridge Water Project and the community at Hirumbi for all the hard work they have put in over the last few months.

Thanks very much everyone, and lets raise a glass of clean water to the people of Hirumbi!  


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09/05/2011: Hirumbi Primary Site 2 - Test Pumping photos

Today we received these photos showing test pumping at the Hirumbi Site. Our partner Bridge 

Water Project is test pumping the borehole to ascertain the yield of water, so we will know 

how much water the people of the community will be able to use. Wycliffe makongo, the General Manager at BWP, told us over the phone that the yield is good, and the people of Hirumbi Primary School can expect to 

be able to rely on this supply. Great news! 


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08/30/2011: Hirumbi School drilling on going

I received these pictures from our partner Bridge Water Project today, showing drilling underway on site.

Bridge Water Project staff have told me how much this means to the people they meet on the ground, and we are so enthusiastic about the future of this community now this project is underway.   

We look forward to hearing of a successful well development in the coming days. 


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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.