Buhuru Market Water Project

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.26
Longitude 34.45

500 Served

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


The proposed Buhuru Market Water Project is a hand dug well which was initiated in the year 2006 by Butere County Council through the then, civic leader of the area Madam Annah Wanalo. The project was funded by the Local Authority Service Delivery Action Plan (LASDAP).

The aim of the project was to make quality water supply available to residents, businessmen and their customers for their common use while on their business activities at the market and also to improve the sanitation and hygiene status of the entire market. 

The Buhuru Market has around 40 permanent shops and one slaughter house among other business structures. The main market day is on every Tuesday on which Buhuru Market hosts livestock farmers who come either to buy or sell their livestock. The market also has a big store where those who deal with horticultural products operate from.

The proposed Buhuru Market Water Project is a hand dug well developed by concrete casings of 1 metre diameter from bottom to the top surface, covered by 4’’ concrete slab and finally an Affridev pump was installed. During post election violence in year 2007-2008 there was no business for a number of days hence unknown people took the advantage of political violence and stole the hand pump which was on the well. As a result some of the water committee members fled for their safety. Since then it has not been possible for the well to be rehabilitated for the market use.


The Buhuru Market people currently get water from Bukaya Chief’s Centre(Health centre) from a well drilled by Kenya Finland Company No. C6995 located 11/2km away from the market.


Buhuru Market hosts an estimated population of 2,000 – 4,000 people who come at the market for their daily business activities.


The hygiene and sanitation of the market is very poor in that toilets are rarely washed whereas the market slaughter house was closed by the public health officer due to poor health status. 


The project shall greatly benefit the entire Buhuru market and the entire community around.


The Bridge Water Project has assessed and seen that, there is a real need to rehabilitate the Buhuru Market well so as to enable those who stay at the market and those who come for daily activities to access quality and consistent water supply at any time they need it.


The Bridge Water Project through the Market Master have already facilitated the formation of Market Water Committee that comprises of both male and female business members most of whom are local residents so that  should anything occur, there will be responsible people managing the water supply for market use.

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Recent Project Updates

08/24/2012: More photos from Buhuru

We’ve just got some more images from out partner Bridge Water Project showing the situation in Buhuru market, 

and the hand pump itself. Great stuff!  

The Water Project : buhuru-market-day-4 The Water Project : buhuru-market-6 The Water Project : buhuru-market-7

08/23/2012: New hand pump installed at Buhuru Market

Bridge Water Project have installed the new handpump at Buhuru, which is great news. The community have been heavily involved in the process, and really helped project staff as they completed the installation. We’re expecting more information soon, so watch this space!  

The Water Project : buhuru-market-handing-over-3-2

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 497
Install Date:  08/24/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/08/2018

Visit History:
10/15/2012 — Functional
05/27/2015 — Needs Attention
02/03/2016 — Functional
08/05/2016 — Functional
11/24/2016 — Functional
02/24/2017 — Functional
04/10/2017 — Needs Repair
04/28/2017 — Functional
07/24/2017 — Functional
03/08/2018 — Functional

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.