Cardinal Otunga Secondary School

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.62
Longitude 34.53

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:


The proposed Cardinal Otunga Secondary School Water project supply rehabilitation project is a drilled well done in the 1976 by the Ministry of Local Government as a local Authority service Delivery Action Plan LASDAP. The well was drilled 70m cased by PVC casings 160mm and properly gravel packed. Well pad constructed and pump was installed. The pump served well for a year and started failing due to excessive use by consumers. The school water committee severally has tried to repair the said pump hence becoming difficult for the school and the surrounding community to access quality water from this well.


 The Cardinal Otunga secondary school and the whole community access water from a stream. The stream dries up during the dry season. The stream is not protected hence contaminated. The turbidity value measures 45.


The School is a mixed day with an enrollment of 800 students, 55 teachers and 30 non- teaching staff. The community a round records 45 households with an average of 5 people per house.


There are 13 pit latrines that are washed 3 times a week, clothes lines are available for the community to hung their clothes on. Hand washing points and detergent soap is available outside some of the toilets. There is compost pit where liters are burned from.


The project will benefit the pupils of this School and community members.


The Bridge Water Project has seen the need to rehabilitate the borehole so as to enable the pupils and the community  to have access to clean and quality water for their domestic use and to improve their sanitation and hygiene standards.


The  BWP Staff before implementation of this project will ensure that capacity building is done to the water committee that will manage the water supply to avoid sustainability crisis in future.

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04/11/2013: Challenges and Triumph at Cardinal Otunga Secondary School

In another example of how difficult the work of bringing clean water can be, the team working to restore a well at Cardinal Otunga Girls Secondary School in Kenya ran into a problem with the clarity of the water.  The report below comes directly from our partner:

During the selection for rehabilitation, the main cause of not function was a worn out Mark II pump which had failed functioning for very many years. As a result it contaminated water by excessive commission since the pump raising main pipes were 1” GI with mild steel rods. During the restoration of the said well BWP staff flushed the well until the water came clean, then went back on site after 4 days to install a new Affridev pump and found the well had seriously silted up from 0M to 40M leaving a vacuum of 20M hence not being possible for pump installation.  BWP due to this problem has engage a dialogue with school management for next plan of action.  We have requested the school to contribute some money to enable us do the second flushing to remove the siltation and try to cap either the bottom part of the casings or the probable area that is allowing the siltation so as to restore the well immediately.

How frustrating it must be to do all the work to restore a well, only to find that something is still wrong, that the water is still not fit to be used by the community.  But thankfully, our partners are not so easily thwarted in their quest to bring clean water.  We recently go the explanation below of how this problem was solved, finally bringing the clean water that is so needed:

The school management committee funded the second flushing since the first flushing had been sabotaged by silt which covered up the well till it was not possible to install the Affridev pump. During the second flushing exercise BWP staff observed keenly and discovered that the silt was coming right from the bottom of the casing.

 We therefore moulded 1 1/2 foot long wooden log from a hard wood material of almost similar diameter of the casing and dropped the log which went and settled at the bottom of the casing capping i completely stopping silt from rising up and  finally poured little gravel to retain the log tightly.

Finally we installed anew stainless steel Affridev pump and handed over the good well to the school.

So we are finally excited to report that the water project at Cardinal Otunga School is now complete.  See the latest pictures of the project and the students enjoying the results of this success.  And thank you for being a part of making this possible!

The Water Project : kenya4189-handing-over-4

03/27/2013: Progress at Cardinal Otunga Secondary School

The work to repair a broken well at Cardinal Otunga Secondary School in Kenya is going well.  We just posted a new set of pictures including community education sessions, where the students and other members of the community learn about the methods and importance of proper hygiene, and of the crew flushing the well, getting it ready for use as a source of safe, clean water.

The Water Project : kenya4189_flushing_4

03/14/2013: Getting Started At Cardinal Otunga Secondary School

We are excited to report that Cardinal Otunga Secondary School will soon have a newly restored well to supply safe, clean water for the students and community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and a few pictures of the school.

The Water Project : kenya4189_1-2

Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4189
Install Date:  05/30/2013

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.