Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab in Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2013

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 01/18/2024

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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 Matawa Primary School water supply rehab project is a Kenya Finland company (KEFINCO) well which was drilled in early 1985 with an aim of providing quality water supply to both pupils and the entire Matawa community. The well’s water potential is good. Since its inception it has never failed nor water level gone down. The major problem on the well is an old Affridev pump which has worn-out parts due to excessive using i.e. rising main pipes, rods, white bushes, fulcrum pin and sanction pipe (cylinder) which requires replacement to enable the pump to function properly.


The current source of water is Ekambara primary school hand dug well which is 1km away from Matawa primary school.


Ematawa primary school has a population of 600 pupils and 14 teachers and estimated 400 people within the neighborhood of the school. (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)


The hygiene and sanitation of the school is good. Toilets and classrooms are washed twice per week. However, there still is a lot to be put in place i.e. hand washing points to be raised outside the toilets and classrooms.


The project will benefit Ematawa primary school pupils and the surrounding community.


There’s need to rehabilitate Ematawa primary school well by replacing the old parts on the existing Affridev pump and bring it back in good working condition so as to save time wasted by pupils walking 1km to Ekambara primary school to fetch water for their domestic use.


The Bridge Water officers will arrange to visit the school and facilitate the formation of the water committee before the rehabilitation of the pump for future maintenance.

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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.