Ematoyi Market Well Rehabilitation Project

Planned Water Point
 Rehabilitation Project
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The Water Promise - Kenya

Latitude 0.37
Longitude 34.71

200 Served

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Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  12/31/2015
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Stories and Community Profile

In February of this year, we introduced you to this community, hoping to rehabilitate a well and bring clean water. In June, we had to report that the well we hoped to fix was not viable due to materials used when it was first constructed. But simply walking away was not an option. Our partner, Bridge Water Project, sought another well in the community to rehabilitate, but no other options were found. Instead, we have begun the process of constructing a brand new borehole, properly constructed, to ensure that this community has access to clean water, and to make sure that your hard work and contributions accomplish what we all want, clean water and unlocked potential for the people of Ematoyi. To see the new project, click here.

This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


The proposed Ematoyi market is a market where buying and selling of goods are done. The market has more than 10 permanent shops and several Kiosks with different commodities. The market has an open space where different business activities occur i.e. livestock poultry and cereals are sold.

Ematoyi market water project is a well drilled by Kenya Finland Water Supply Programme. The well was drilled in the year 1989. The well records a total depth of 45M, static water level of 24M, cased by 4 inch UPVC casings, well pad constructed and an afridev pump was installed and served for six years when it was stolen by unknown persons after it had broken down. The market water committee learned of BWP water development activities in Kakamega County and made the application requesting BWP to consider rehabilitating their market well cleaning and installing a new Affridev pump to enable them keep using their water supply. The water committee has committed themselves to building a cement lock house to protect the pump and prevent it from being stolen in the future.


Currently, there is no water source around the market. However, during marketing day, some people from Ematoyi community also take advantage of the situation whereby they fetch water from unknown sources and retail it at a fee of Kshs. 10 per 20 liter Jerrican to people at open air market and to the food kiosk owners. This kind of business exposes a lot of dangers to people’s health since none can guarantee the quality of such water.


During the official marketing days, estimated populations of 1500 to 2000 people come at the market for their daily business activities. Whereas, an estimated population of 150 – 200 people are the people who stay at the market.


The Ematoyi market has two public toilets for both male and female, no refuse chamber, no hand washing stations as well.


There is need to rehabilitate Ematoyi market well to enable the residents, business people and the entire community to access clean and quality water for their daily domestic use to improve the hygiene and sanitation status.


The Ematoyi residents, business people and the entire community will greatly benefit from this market water source.


The Ematoyi market water committee was formed during our first visit and was trained prior to the implementation of the proposed project to enable them understand the operation, maintenance, sanitation and hygiene to ensure sustainability of the water project. The Ematoyi market is a public property owned and managed by the Navakholo Sub-county government whereby the proposed water rehab project has a market management committee comprised of the business people who will be responsible for the proposed water supply.

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Recent Project Updates

06/24/2015: Unfortunate News from Ematoyi Market Well Rehab

We are sad to report that the well rehabilitation project for Ematoyi Market in Kenya has run into an unfortunate difficulty. Our partner in the field shared the following news with us:

“Ematoyi water project is a rehabilitation project that was to be completed in March but this was not possible due to various unforeseen circumstances.

This well had stayed exposed and unused for more than three years and had collected large amounts of refuse. To make matters worse, the previous development of this well was not done using the correct and adequate materials. The well was cased with perforated pipes, which are locally used for sewerage purposes on toilets and waste product only and therefore could not withstand the years of neglect and exposure.

BWP tried hard to be able to rehabilitate this well in this condition and used special equipment too see if this well could be saved. These pipes normally cannot withstand the pressure exerted by air compressors during normal flushing and cleaning of a well, so to ensure that the well was thoroughly cleaned despite the challenges, a four inch hose pipe was used to remove all the solid wastes. This was done carefully as to avoid damage of the perforated pipes. The cleaning process took a maximum time of five hours.

Even though these types pipes are not recommendable for well development it was not possible for us to remove them and replace with the recommended pipes. The ground formation around this well is loose and if the pipes were removed, the well would collapse.

Therefore this well could not be rehabilitated to the standards of supplying clean water to the community. We recommend that a new well should be drilled in Ematoyi.”

Once a new well rehab project site is identified we will update all donors and transfer them to the new project. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this delay. Supplying clean water in sub-Saharan Africa is not always easy and we prefer to share with you the challenges that sometimes cause a project to fail. We choose to learn from these challenges so that we may better serve the communities that are in need of clean water.

The Water Project : ematoyi-market-construction-5

02/25/2015: Ematoyi Market Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Ematoyi Market in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A broken well is being rehabilitated and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4318-01-ematoyi-market-buildings

Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
ProjectID: 4318

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.