Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab in Kenya

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2014

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 01/11/2023

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Community Profile

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


The proposed Iranda Primary School is an Anglican Church of Kenya, which was started in the year 1980, to curb illiteracy in Iranda village.  The school has a well that was implemented in 1985 with an aim of making water easily accessible for the pupils and the surrounding community.  The well was fitted with an Indian Mark II pump. Many parts have since fit eroded, such as the 1 inch GI pipes which has led to water contamination and is now unfit for human consumption. The school management contacted BWP to come to their aid and repair the well.


The proposed School currently accesses water from Iranda stream, which is located 1km away from the school. The water from this stream has a turbidity value of 85 which is too high compared to value 5 that is recommended by WHO (World Health Organization). BWP plans on planning a future project of protecting the Iranda spring in the months to follow if funding allows.


The school enrolls Boys- 309 and Girls -327, 12 Teachers, 3 support staff. The community has 35 households (Approx.6 people per household). (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.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)


The school has one Hand washing point that is located outside the staffroom. Bridge water project will facilitate the training on tippy tap construction hence providing a few of them to the school and thereafter encourage the school to construct more of the same. The school has 1 latrine for teachers, 4 for boys, and 4 for girls. It does not have composite pit. BWP will also train the school on the importance of having the composite pit in place. The classrooms are mopped twice a week and latrines cleaned three times a week.


If the well is rehabilitated the pupils of Iranda primary school and the entire community will benefit from this water source as well.


It is logical for the well to be rehabilitated so as to sustain the school-feeding program. It is also unsafe for the pupils since for them to access water from Iranda stream, they have to pass through sugar cane plantations, which is a risk especially to the girl child who on occasion might walk alone to fetch water.


A water committee exists, however it is not a very strong presence in the community. Therefore, BWP in agreement with the school management have, decided that the committee will be strengthened before the implementation of the project during the sanitation and hygiene trainings.

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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.