Chemoset Community Water Project

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Latitude 0.73
Longitude 35.17

500 Served

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This initial report is direct from our implementing partner (unedited): 

This project is in collaboration with a self help group of 34 members who have come together to address the social problems facing them as a community, in particular lack of access to clean and safe water. They really need water for drinking, cooking and washing among many other uses. The animals will also make use it. The  Chemoset Community women will also see to it as big relief as currently they walk long distances with donkeys looking for water for their domestic use. 

The community access water from Kipsangui River which is over 2km away downhill. The river is contaminated by human activities such as bathing cloth washing and grazing animals hence making its quality poor and unsafe for human consumption.  In some homes they have been boiling the water before use which has been costly. Many have just gone back to taking raw water hence becoming victims of water borne diseases.

The self help group consists of 35 members whereas there are 500 households in the area where Chemoset self help group operates who will also benefit from it directly. 

The water committee will be formed as soon as possible, prior to hardware construction. 

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Recent Project Updates

06/21/2012: Chemoset Project Complete

Bridge Water Project have completed the installation of the handpump at Chemoset, and have taken part in a community led handing over ceremony to signal the beginning of the community management process. Water is flowing, and the project can be considered a great success up to this point. Good news!   

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05/31/2012: Test pumping at Chemoset

The new well at Chemoset has been test pumped in preparation for the installation of the hand pump, which is scheduled to take place next week. 

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05/21/2012: Drilling in action at Chemoset!

The hardware stage of this project is now underway, as Bridge Water Project have commenced drilling at Chemoset

community. Great news from the field!  

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05/14/2012: Chemoset Community Hygiene Promotion sessions

Bridge Water Project have sent through these pictures showing workshops underway at Chemoset. Great to see! 

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05/02/2012: Photos of Chemoset Community

We’ve just been sent photos of the community at Chemoset, which is great. This project is now underway, and our partner Bridge Water Project will send further detailed updates in the coming days and weeks. 

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04/27/2012: Chemoset project gets going!

Funds have been wired to out partner, and project activities will be starting in the coming days. We’ll post photos and more info just as soon as we get it. 

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Western Kenya
ProjectID: 485
Install Date:  06/21/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 08/22/2017

Visit History:
10/18/2012 — Functional
07/21/2015 — Functional
06/03/2016 — Functional
09/22/2016 — Functional
03/30/2017 — Functional
07/13/2017 — Functional
08/22/2017 — Functional


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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.