Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Well Rehab in Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2010

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 05/03/2023

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Community Profile

This well was originally drilled in early 2009. Unfortunately the team installed a sub-standard well pump that eventually rusted and fell apart.  We have taken measures to ensure this never happens again, including requiring our NGO partner to find a new source of Afri-dev pumps (the industry standard) and re-training workers.  Our NGO partner also made staff changes as part of this process.

Our partner reports that...

"This well serves a population of 565 pupils, 15 teachers and the community at large.

Currently it has a jua-kali pump (sub-standard) which, now rusted our, turns water into a brownish color (rust) thus not good for human consumption.

It needs pump replacement requires reconstruction of the drainage pad."

A full community report is pending.

The original project pictures and report can be found here:

Latest Update:

9/27/2010 - Our partner reports that all repairs are completed.  The well has been handed over the community.

They report from the field... (edited for clarity)

"It was a happy moment yesterday 27th of September 2010, when the B.W.P
crew went for handing over ceremony in the three rehabilitated sites.

The team first visited Eburenga primary school at 10.00 a.m Kenyan time
and found parents, teachers and pupils waiting, in for the ceremony. We
were welcomed with songs of joy and later marched into a classroom where
we had a brief meeting for speeches and appreciation.

The school headmaster expressed his joy by saying that  his school is
the most lucky of all by having the safe and clean water available. He
promised that the school performance will improve since most of their
time will be saved. It was amazing to note that the school had begun
planting a tree nursery as a result of the rehabilitated water system.

Parents of the school promised to cooperate with  the school to ensure that the system is well maintained."

9/21/2010 - New Pump Attached

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.