Lukongo Police Patrol Base

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.23
Longitude 34.41

300 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 Lukongo Police patrol base is a police station that was set up by the government to enforce law and security to the people of Lukongo. The compound initially had a hand dug well from 2000 by funded by the CDF (Community Development Fund). The well was fitted with an Indian Mark II pump but broke down in 2010 due to overuse and lack of maintenance by surrounding communities. The pump was rendered useless since its spare parts could not be found locally. The pump was dismantled and this forced the community members to start drawing water from the well using a jerrican tied to a rope. The local area’s chief approached Bridge Water Project requesting for the rehabilitation of the well so that the people of the community can go back to drawing clean and safe water. Having discussed at length with Mr. Mahero who is the chief of Lukongo, it was clarified that the well will be taken care of by the community members, with the help of the administration police officers providing security. Therefore we have no doubt that the well will be properly maintained and sustained by the committee in charge.


The community members currently get water from the same well using a jerrican that is tied to a rope. The safety of the water is not guaranteed since its open. The water is mostly contaminated by dust, leaves and litter that is thrown in the well by children.


The community has a population of 50 households with an approximate head count of 6 people per household.


During the baseline survey, it was clear that some of the community members did not have latrines and that was a clear indication that open defecation was still being practiced. No hand washing stations were notable in any of the homesteads and the police camp.

Cases of typhoid, malaria and jiggers are very common in the community. Most of the children miss school due to diarrhea which is caused by bad hygiene practices.


The Lukongo police post well needs to be rehabilitated since it is open thus prone to contamination. If the well is fitted with an affridev pump, the consumers will have access to clean and quality water.

With practices like open defecation still being practiced in the community, there is need to hold a hygiene and sanitation training to sensitize the community members on good hygiene practices.


The water project does not have a water committee but will create with one through the intervention of BWP. This committee will have the mandate to run the project and ensure its sustainability.

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05/19/2014: Lukongo Police Patrol Project Completed

We are excited to report that the water project at Lukongo Police Patrol Base in Kenya is now complete!  A broken well has been restored and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on how all of this happened:


The hygiene and sanitation training for Lukongo police post was attended by the community members and police officers. Those in attendance were 18 women and 5 men. An introduction was done so that the participants and the facilitators would know each other. BWP Facilitators started by encouraging the community members and police officers

 to work in harmony towards maintaining the water source once it was rehabilitated. The community members were also urged to abide by all the rules that would be put in place to govern the maintenance of the water source.

BWP facilitators used PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training) to relay the hygiene and sanitation message to the trainees. The trainees brainstormed to come up with the meaning of hygiene and sanitation. The facilitator helped them to understand that hygiene and sanitation are two sides of the coin in that sanitation are the physical infrastructures that help us practice good hygiene behaviors.

The seasonal calendar

To identify some of the health issues in the community, the participants were divided into two groups. Each group came up with a seasonal calendar showing the diseases that occurred in every season. The western region experiences the dry and rainy seasons. One member from each made a presentation of their findings. Since most of the diseases appeared in both the dry and rainy seasons, the trainees learnt that these diseases came as a result of bad hygiene practices. One of the representatives from the groups urged all the community members to monitor the hygiene of their children and teach them the good hygiene practices so as to curb the diarrheal diseases.

Two pile sorting

The next activity was to come up with the good and bad hygiene practices using the two pile sorting tool. Each group exchanged information and discussed common hygiene behaviors and their impact on health basing on the posters.

The pocket chart

In an effort to investigate the community practices, the BWP facilitators used the pocket chart tool to ascertain the number of people that used latrines and those that defecated openly. The voting took place in private and thereafter the results were tallied. The results are reflected in the table below.


Latrine use

Open defecation














From the pocket chart results, it was clear that approximately 17% of the community members still practiced open defecation. The participants were urged to construct latrines since most of the water contamination was caused by open defecation. They also learned that proper hand washing after visiting the latrine would reduce the spread of diarrheal diseases.

The F-Diagram

Since some of the community members still practiced open defecation, it was important to introduce the F-Diagram so that they would understand how fecal matter could get into the human body and cause diseases. Face, fingers, feces, flies and food.



After successfully completing the hygiene and sanitation training, the construction team went on site to construct the well pad. Since the well is a shallow well, the team’s main aim was to construct a slab that would accommodate an affridev pump. After the construction of the pad, the beneficiaries of the well were instructed to water the well pad until it was cured.



After confirming that the well pad was well cured, the BWP team went for pump installation. Since the depth of the well is 20 metres, the pump was installed at 17 metres. The community members and the police stationed at the Police Post were very eager to have their rehabilitated water source and so they helped the BWP service team to install the pump.

During the handing over ceremony, BWP C.E.O Mr. Wycliffe Makongo encouraged the community members and the police to work in harmony towards maintaining and sustaining the water source and that they should ensure that the small revenues that would be collected from the water users is saved in the bank so that in case of any breakdown of the pump the saved money can be used on buying spare parts and labor costs. They promised to put into practice what they had learned during the hygiene and sanitation training.

The beneficiaries of Lukongo Police Post water project were grateful to Bridge Water Project and The Water Project for ensuring that they have a quality and reliable water source.

We just posted new pictures of this finished project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

The Water Project : kenya4252-26-water-flowing-after-the-pump-was-installed

03/24/2014: Lukongo Police Patrol Base Project Underway

We are excited to announce that work has begun to restore a well at the Lukongo Police Patrol Base in Kenya.  A well, originally built in 2000, will be restored so that it is a dependable resource for the community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work progresses.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4252-04-lukongo-police-base-sign-post-2

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4252
Install Date:  05/19/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Last Visit: 03/08/2018
Well Depth:  65.00M

Visit History:
07/16/2014 — Functional
11/19/2015 — Functional
01/24/2016 — Functional
08/05/2016 — Needs Attention
11/29/2016 — Functional
02/24/2017 — Needs Repair
04/10/2017 — Needs Repair
05/02/2017 — Functional
07/24/2017 — Needs Repair
03/08/2018 — Needs Attention


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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.