How A Water Well Is Built
BeyondWater do not drill the wells themselves as it would take years of research and training to learn about the soil conditions and become familiar with the culture of each part of the country – instead we partner with existing organisations, we look for the best in the business in that region and then work with them to increase their capacity to deliver a sustainable water well in the community we have identified. BeyondWater staff then visit the projects, monitoring progress, success and sustainability over time, so that we can provide comprehensive reports back to our supporters.
The drilling process takes anywhere from 3 – 5 days, depending how deep we need to go. In some areas where the water table is high the wells can be dug by hand, but in other regions it requires heavy machinery and days of drilling.
- The bore holes are drilled to function over a life span of 25 – 50 yrs. Thus the lowest cost wells is not always the most cost-effective
- Our cost-effective wells are appropriately specified, properly sited and drilled using suitable methods and equipment
- We complete geological reports first, then we seek a permit from the local agency to drill
- We drill to a maximum 300m
- A borehole can release 10,000litres per hour, for 20 hrs per day ( with a pump)
- The borehole takes 3 – 5 days to drill depending on the location
- The drilling company camp at the location and bring in everything with them as it is often a remote part of the country
- We ask the communities to contribute with food, cement or labour – they are usually in abstract poverty so are happy to contribute with labour which we pay them for.
- When the water table is hit the water shoots out like a big water spout – we let this run for about 24hrs to remove any debris
- The water quality is then tested
- Once the drilling crew is happy with the quality and the amount coming out the pipe is capped and the area is sealed with a small concrete pad
The Hand Pump...
This is the external part of the borehole that people can see
It allows people to pump the water into containers
It is small enough for children to use and sturdy enough to last for years and years