THE WATER WELL
The water well is placed in the local school because it is the central focal point for the entire community and allows immediate access for hundreds of school students and the surrounding community every day. This land is not privately owned and there is a constant presence in the area so the well can be supervised.
The machines are brought in once the land is blessed by the spiritual leader. We hire a drilling team of local contractors to support the local economy. Drilling takes anywhere from 1 to 7 days depending on altitude and depth of the aquifer and we are able to drill through both sand and rock. We drill between depths of 30 - 100m and affix the Afridev manual hand pump (unless another technology is necessary). Once we reach the aquifer, we drill an additional 15-30 meters to ensure water is plentiful year around.
After we have reached a reliable depth, we conduct discharge tests to make sure there is enough water and it replenishes adequately. Water is tested for potability and the well is fenced off from animals.
The division of Maintenance & Repair is involved in the whole process and trained over 2 months about all aspects of the well including maintenance, repair and where to source spare parts. The end up fully trained technicians.
This will be the first clean, safe, and reliable water source this community has ever had. Water is the basic foundation on which the rest of our model builds upon.