Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Reserved
Estimated Install Date (?):  2024

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Many of Emutetemo's 1,000 community members do not have access to a nearby, reliable and safe water source. There is a spring in the far reaches of the community, yet people still suffer because the water is so far away, leaving them exhausted.

Community members' daily schedules are negatively impacted due to the multiple trips to the spring a day to meet even their basic water needs. One round trip takes some people up to 2 hours because of the distance and overcrowding at the water source once they finally arrive. The wasted time causes their everyday chores like cooking, cleaning, and laundry to be delayed or neglected altogether, and people feel frustrated.

"Being a widow, I find myself overwhelmed by work, going for water being one of the major challenges. Long queues, long distances, and [the] steep slope all contribute to delay in my daily schedule," said small-scale farmer 40-year-old Judith Abomba, collecting water from the faraway spring below.

Like Judith, many families in the community rely on small-scale farming or livestock breeding for income, but without sufficient water, their efforts are in vain. And without an adequate income, families find meeting their everyday needs a challenge so overwhelming they can not seem to find the energy to dream of improving their lives.

"Because of the long queues at the spring, I am usually forced to overstay to get water, and this causes me to be [in] quarrels [with] my mother. Back at school, I am usually punished for not completing homework because I never get time to do so," said 11-year-old Felix K. (shown below).

Hopefully, by installing a well in Emutetemo, community members will quickly be able to collect sufficient water and return to completing their daily chores. And this should help them gain the ability to provide adequate income for their families and dream about the future.

Note: This water point can only serve 300 people per day. We are working with the community to identify other water solutions that will ensure everyone has access to safe and reliable drinking water.

The Proposed Solution, Determined Together...

At The Water Project, everyone has a part in conversations and solutions. We operate in transparency, believing it benefits everyone. We expect reliability from one another as well as our water solutions. Everyone involved makes this possible through hard work and dedication.

In a joint discovery process, community members determine their most advantageous water solution alongside our technical experts. Read more specifics about this solution on the What We're Building tab of this project page. Then, community members lend their support by collecting needed construction materials (sometimes for months ahead of time!), providing labor alongside our artisans, sheltering and feeding the builders, and supplying additional resources.

Water Access for Everyone

This water project is one piece in a large puzzle. In Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Uganda, we’re working toward complete coverage of reliable, maintained water sources that guarantee public access now and in the future within a 30-minute round trip for each community, household, school, and health center. One day, we hope to report that this has been achieved!

Training on Health, Hygiene & More

With the community’s input, we've identified topics where training will increase positive health outcomes at personal, household, and community levels. We’ll coordinate with them to find the best training date. Some examples of what we train communities on are:

  • Improved hygiene, health, and sanitation habits
  • Safe water handling, storage & treatment
  • Disease prevention and proper handwashing
  • Income-generation
  • Community leadership, governance, & election of a water committee
  • Operation and maintenance of the water point

We're just getting started, check back soon!

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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!