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: 02/14/2024

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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

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!