Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Dec 2013

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

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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 Buniria community in Uganda:

Buniria is a quiet village of about 150 households in a remote part of Bukanga sub-county in Luuka District.  Luuka only recently became a district (2010); it was previously known as Luuka county which was part of Iganga District.

The population of Buniria are mainly small-scale farmers producing maize and sugar cane.  The site is a broad valley with a  wetland at its base, with the sites covered by potato fields, banana trees and termite hills. The nearest water source is an over-crowded government borehole 2 kilometres away.

Much of the population of Buniria currently use a number of traditional sources, which include hollowed ground in swamp areas. These are completely unprotected, they are shared by animals and receive all the surface run-off from the town water during the rains, which is full of contaminants.  This project is being implemented by our partners, Busoga Trust.


8/24/2013 – 1st village meeting held, the village complained of a complete inadequacy of safe water supply and a willingness to begin the construction of the well as soon as possible. As well as electing the future water users committee, the roles and responsibilities of the Busoga Trust and the community. Both parties agreed to fulfil their roles.

8/30/2013 – Work started on site today with technician Mayagu Johnny. The community were pleased to welcome us.

9/5/2013 – The rocky nature of the site has been causing problems. The first site hit solid granite bedrock at 10 feet. This is pretty much impossible to dig through by hand.  Johnny and Technical Supervisor Robert tried a second site further down the hill in an effort to miss the rock. Unfortunately they hit water after only 8 feet and the site had to be abandoned (we require that the minimum water table depth in a shallow well is 10 feet, this is to protect the well from infiltration of contaminants from above). Work is well underway on the 3rd pit. Unfortunately, Johnny has hit some large boulders at 12 feet. Heavy tindals (big cold chisels) and a sledgehammer were brought to site today.

9/20/2013 – After an impressive effort from the community, involving hoisting some really big boulders out of the well, the 3rd pit had to be abandoned last week after again hitting solid bedrock. The community are becoming demoralized after all their efforts have come to nothing and all the pick axes are broken from trying to dig though rock. A hydrogeologist was sent from Kampala today to survey the area and recommend a suitable well site, using a “Terrameter” (a device which measures the electrical resistance of the ground to predict sub-surface conditions).

Project Updates

12/11/2013: Buniria Project Complete!

We are very happy to report that the community of Buniria, Uganda, has a new source of safe, clean water. The progress updates below come directly from our partner in the field:

10/19/2013 – Progress has been good at the 4th site recommended by the hydrogeologist and Johnny finally hit water today at a depth of 22 feet. The soil conditions are good and Johnny and Technical Supervisor Robert are confident that this one will be successful.

10/27/2013 – The well has now reached 25 feet and is 8 feet below water level.  Brick lining and clay seal construction has begun to prevent cave in before construction below the water table will be continued next week.

11/3/2013 – The depth of the well is at 30ft.  There is ample recharge rate and the site is ready for a Consallen Pump to be installed next week.

11/8/2013 – The pump is installed and the community is ecstatic about their new water source!

Take a look at the latest project pictures on the project page and the video of the finished well. And Thank You for your help!

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11/13/2013: Struggles and Persistence in Buniria

We wanted to let you know that construction has begun to create a new source of clean water in Buniria, Uganda.  This community is a tremendous example of the difficulties that can be faced in this work, and a of the tremendous perseverance of the community.  Read through the report we just posted from our partner in the field to learn more.  The report also includes information about the community,  GPS coordinates, and pictures.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

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10/08/2013: Quick Update

Just a quick note to let you know that we expect to receive project details very soon from our partner in Uganda.  We look forward to updating you!

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.


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