- 136 villages in Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom are without safe drinking water
- High rate of death as a result of diseases such as typhoid, cholera, etc.
- Waste materials contaminate steams or river as a result of daily activities (shower, laundering etc.)
- Villages located in the hillside areas are far from water to drink and cook. During the dry season, most streams and rivers dry up.
People walk miles to near-by villages to fetch water for drinking, cooking and other purposes.
- Community people in rural areas cannot afford to construct drilling or hand-dug wells from their subsistence farming production.
supports already in place?
- Availability of land to construct wells.
- Community people will provide local materials and support (sand, stone, sticks, and food for the contractors).
How many people benefit from a well?
- A minimum of 50 (but usually many more) people will benefit from one well.
- Absence or low rate of disease and death as a result of unsafe drinking water
- Opportunity to enjoy safe, accessible drinking water
- Increase in healthy sanitation practices
There two kinds of wells that are mostly constructed – Drilled Wells & Hand-Dug Wells. Drilling can be done any time of the year and wells last much longer than hand-dug wells.
- Drilled wells yield good quality, safe drinking water. Drilling a well only takes a week!
- Drilled Well: ~$12,000.00
- Hand-dug wells are cheaper to construct and easier to maintain. They are dug in dry season (February, March). Hand-dug wells require more labor time
(~ two months).
- The Ministry of Health and Sanitation recommends drilling wells where enough resources are available.
- Hand-Dug Well : $5,555.00
Note: training, provision of spare parts, and maintenance of well by community people: $1000.00