Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Apr 2012

Project Features

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Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports from the field…

Kantenga is an isolated village standing on a solitary hill in Bukanga sub-county, Luuka District. It is surrounded by wide flat bottomed valleys made up of swamps, with fewer than average trees on the periphery of this village. This gives it a strangely bleak feeling when you consider you are almost on the equator. There are around 800 people living in the 92 households that make up Kantenga. There is no school in the village, but the community have begun a joint nursery system to cater for the many children that live in the area. It is a particularly poor village, over 80% of the houses seem to have thatch roofs, a clear sign of poverty. This is born out in testimonies from the community who say they are suffering from food shortages during the dry season. They say there maize is being plagued by witchweed, their banana has the dreaded wilting disease and rice is failing to thrive in the valleys, so their harvest is very small. This is dreadful for a community of subsistence farmers. There are cash crops such as coffee, but according to the community most people do not have coffee plantations as it is the older generation own that land, whilst the children remain with small plots.

The water situation in the village is also dire. The nearest safe water source 1 mile away and the round trip to the borehole is a minimum of 1hour, if it’s not busy, which it often is, in which case it can take 3 hours for water. Considering each household uses at least 5 jerrycans a day, water is a heavy burden for the community. The alternative is the muddy pools in the swamp that are shared with animals, and that is what many of the community are using to this day.

[GPS coordinates for this project are approximate.]

Project Updates

04/04/2012: Kantenga Community Well Completed

The new well for the Kantenga Community in Uganda has been completed.  Our implementing partner has posted the following report and pictures…

3/5/2012 –Gave Dan Biso some more fuel for the drainer and work carried on well, we are targeting an depth of 25ft. We also delivered some more cement and a bolt cage so that the concrete seal can be made and allowed to cure before installation.

3/8/2012 – Community participation is good 24 people helping with the construction we are at 24ft in depth now. However we cannot go any deeper because the soil formation is too soft, what is known as running clay, where as soon as you remove some debris more flows in. Therefore we will have to stop excavating and brick line the remaining bottom of the well and place hardcore on the bottom of the well to stop the running clay seeping in and clogging the entire well. This will reduce the depth of the well slightly.

3/9/2012 – The well has been completely brick lined and partially back filled with the hard core to stop the silting. The final depth is therefore 22ft with an 11ft water column. When we were on site the concrete slab has been moved in place to cover the well and the drainage channel was just being made.

3/12/2012 – The well was sealed with the concrete seal moved on top of the well, following this the gutter was built and the cement surface was sealed, 20 people helped to put everything in place. We left the site as the concrete seal was being covered with banana leaves to let it cure, before pump installation on Friday.

3/13/2012 – Edison has been back to site and found the well complete, with surrounding earth flattened, grass planted to prevent erosion and a protective fence built to stop animals drinking and soiling the excess water.

3/16/2012 – When we arrived on site, many people had gathered in preparation for the installation of their new well. Before the installation could take place we did the Operation and Maintenance lecture to those gathered. This explains clearly what is necessary to maintain a hand pump indefinitely, it focuses on the responsibilities of the water users committee, as well as community members and their local hand pump mechanic. Subsequently, Hussein Ibanda our hand pump mechanic, installed the well in Kantenga.

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03/12/2012: Construction under way at Kantenga

Our implementing partner reports on progress constructing a new well for the Kantenga Community in Uganda…

2/13/2012 – 1st village meeting where we talked to 112 villagers about the existing water problems and the proposed new water source, from that they elected a 6 man water users committee to govern and maintain the new water source. We also drew a community map, showing where people lived and where they accessed water from at present. The community also pledged to fulfil the critical requirements of providing local materials, labour, accommodation and food for our technicians and improvements in sanitation.

2/20/2012 – Follow up took place to check on the progress of gathering materials and improving sanitation. Things seemed to be progressing well.

2/21/2012 – Conducted the baseline survey along with community led total sanitation that was attended by over 130 people. Hopefully it will drive home the message of improved sanitation and we hope to deliver the technician to site this week.

2/24/2012 – We delivered the experienced Dan Biso onto the site today to begin construction. The technician, was joined by his helper and 20 other members of the community as they finalised the siting of the well and began excavation. The team also delivered on site the equipment needed – bucket, rope, helmets, a winch and a drainer with piping. As well as the all important spades and pick axes.

2/27/2012 – Excavation had reached 17ft with the water table having been struck at 11ft, there were over 30 members of the community either helping with the construction or cooking for those working. There was a small problem with the drainer that was mixing oil and petrol. We tried to fix it on site but failed, so it continued working but no efficiently.

3/2/2012 – A new drainer was delivered to site, so that the old one could be brought to the mechanic for repairing. Current depth is 19ft.

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.