Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Rwanda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 2011

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The well site at Ngarama was chosen by Mayor Ambrose Rubonera of Gatisbo District. There are over 2500 households in this community and very limited water. A major problem the community was having is that the closest water source was across the highway from Ngarama. The mayor told us that there had been many accidents over the years, especially involving children being hit by cars as they went to fetch water. The police were also trying to discourage the people of Ngarama from crossing the road to get their water and would puncture the tires of the bicycles the people used for fetching water.

For well governance, this community has a water committee with three members: the village chief, a church representative, and a villager who offered a portion of his land for the installation of the well. The water committee has opened a bank account which they plan to use to fund repairs on the well for its long term sustainability.

LWI encourages communities to have a bank account which can cover costs of repairs so that the communities take more vested ownership of the project. That said, LWI will also be overseeing the sustainability of this project, having enrolled it into our operations and maintenance program which will visit the site quarterly, making necessary repairs, doing preventive maintenance, teaching follow-up health and hygiene, and also performing follow-up evangelism by way of Bible story telling.

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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


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