Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Apr 2010

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 01/31/2024

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Community Profile

A new well is now in place at the Emusembe Church near Kakamega, Kenya.  This well serves up to 1,000 people in this relatively densely populated area of Kenya.

Our implementing partner noted at the handing over ceremony...

"The community / Church response was so positive and with joy. Members promised to start generating projects with this new water source. They were happy that they will no longer walk miles away looking for dirty water. They really wish The Water Project blessings so that they continue providing other communities that need clean and safe water."

Our partner in the field reported prior to the installation...

"The the community members relied on water supply from a poorly protected spring located fairly far away from their homes (pictured below). They also gathered water from a stream which dries up during dry season and
in otherwise contaminated. This is supplemented by the water collected from roof catchment. These sources are inadequate and are susceptible to vagaries of weather."

A water committee (WATSAN) had been formed and these community members are helping with implementation.  They will manage the water project going forward.

Technical Notes:

Geology The sub-surface geology of the project area comprises of intrusive rock, outcrops of these granite are noted within the vicinity confirming them as the host rock.

Recommended drilling depth – 50 metres


Expected yield – Ranges from 1-2 m3/hr, but this is likely to improve with careful construction and proper well development.

Attached is the photograph showing the drilling process as the 401 PAT drill rig hammers granite rock producing smoke.

Full Well Report is Pending as of April 16th, 2010

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!


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