Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 230 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2012

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 03/27/2019

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Community Profile

The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on the construction of a new hand-dug well in the Iranda-Wateso community in Uganda:

The community of Iranda-Wateso is located in Kiryandongo District, Uganda. The great proportion of the local population is engaged in subsistence farming, growing mostly maize to both eat and sell. The Water Trust built a shallow well in Iranda in 2009 and 2011, but has returned at the request of the community to build a third water source. Although the sources constructed by The Water Trust are serving hundreds of people, it is not accessible to everyone. The fact that there is clean water in one section of the community and not in other necessitated action to improve access to clean water in Iranda.

The people in the sub-village Iranda-Wateso, use the water from an open source as they live too far away from a clean well. The water the community uses, is contaminated as feaces easily access the water during the heavy rains.

“This well will mark a big change for our community,” says a woman who is standing next to the construction site. “For generations we have used water from the swamp. We are used to be sick now and then. Of course many people blame bad spirits but I know it is the water we are drinking!”

In the coming months The Water Trust will work together with the community members to improve hygiene and sanitation in every household. The Water Trust works in this village until all households have built their latrine. Clean water, access to a latrine and good hygiene are an integral combination to improve health of people living in rural Uganda.


Construction Progress:

November 27, 2012

This week the technician has been transferred to Iranda. For the coming weeks the technician will stay with the community. The community will provide a house and food for the technician.

December 11, 2012

The depth of the well is 9ft. Construction is moving on soundly and the community is participating well.

December 17, 2012

Construction is going well. The community is participating actively and currently the depth of the well is 20 ft. Our Community Development Officer, Irene, visited the community to monitor the construction of latrines. Of the 34 households, 31 housholds have now access to a latrine. A big improvement!

Project Updates

03/20/2013: A Special Picture From Iranda-Wateso

We recently received this special picture from the community of Iranda-Wateso in Uganda.  Thank you for helping make this project possible, unlocking the potential in this community for years to come!

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02/11/2013: New Video From Iranda-Wateso

Just a quick update to let you know we received a new video from the community of Iranda-Wateso, Uganda.  Check out this brief interview with Moses about the impact their new well will have on the community.

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01/03/2013: Water Flowing In Iranda-Wateso!

We are excited to report that construction is finished and water is flowing in the village of Iranda-Wateso, Uganda.  The latest updates from our partner in the field are below.  Also, be sure to check out the latest pictures and video of the completed project!

December 19, 2012

Construction is finished! The total depth is 23 ft. The community has worked very hard to finish this water source before Christmas. Our sanitation program will continue in the village. We visited the households and people feel proud that they have a latrine. It is wonderful to see such an improvement. Many people asked us to show their latrines. Although not all latrines are finished yet,  they look beautiful! See the pictures below.

December 28,2012

Water is flowing in Iranda-Wateso! We installed the well and people are very happy with the new water source. We will continue to work in this village until all households have access to a latrine.

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12/17/2012: Iranda-Wateso Project Underway!

We are excited to report that construction of a new hand-dug well has begun in Iranda-Wateso, Uganda.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and some pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as construction progresses.

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Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.