Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 02/21/2024

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Community Profile

This project iso being undertaken by Bridge Water Project, and what follows is direct from them, edited for clarity: 

Tulwa Self Help group was registered with social services Department on 30th May 2005, and numbers 30 members. The group also have a bank account, and are able to save money collectively for development activities, and in future for maintenance events with the future water source.

Tulwa Water Project Self Help Group has a vision of coming together so as to fight the lack of water within their community since lack of quality water has been a problem since before any of them were born. The group has many times made appeals to various organizations requesting assistance.

The burden of making water available for domestic and animal use is rested on the heads of mothers and young girls who always have to walk two kilometres to a stream called Mumetet. The stream is not protected and has some wild worms which are very dangerous to both human and livestock and none can guarantee the quality of the water to be safe. As a result they have developed a culture of drinking milk instead of water whenever one is thirsty so as to avoid being infected by waterborne diseases. Of course, this is not possible all the time and the community suffers from waterborne diseases. 

The Tulwa Community keep dairy cows for milk production for their income besides other farming activities and during long dry spells they experience very low milk production. Last year 2011 the area experienced dry spell and the farmers lost their animals due to lack of water. The community hope that with this project they will be able to both use clean water at household level as well as for looking after their livestock and diary production.

BWP carried out the Baseline Survey in the proposed project area and found out that despite of pit latrines in every home, there were no clothes lines and bathrooms since women go to wash clothes from the stream. Most people bathe from the stream since it is not possible to fetch and bring home for everybody’s use. 

When the borehole is made available to the Tulwa Water Project Self Help Group, the population of 350-500 people will benefit from the supply.

The group is organized and has already identified a water committee amongst its members who will directly deal with management of water project. 

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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!