Water for Good has the equipment and knowledge to drill deep wells that reach clean water. Water for Good has drilled over 500 new wells since 2004, with an average depth of about 180 feet. Imagine drilling the height of an 18 story building into the ground. Some wells reach depths of over 450 feet.
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|You can see exactly how much work it takes to bring water to a village. Drilling for water in the village of Moale was our most difficult project– ever. With lots of hard work, our fourth attempt was successful! We don’t give up easily!|
What happens in the village before we drill a new well? Most wells in central Africa fail to make a lasting impact. Water for Good works with villages to help them to take ownership of their well—a new community asset.
First, Water for Good helps the village choose members of a well committe. The well committee is trained to care for and clean the well. At least one member must be a woman because women and their daughters often spend up to 3 hours a day fetching water.
The well committee raises and manages the community’s financial contribution of 100,000 CFA ($200 USD) toward the cost of the project and $8 USD per month for well maintenance.
This payment could never cover cost of the well ($22,000 USD). Instead, this makes it clear to everyone that Water for Good is working with the village to build their well.
Finally, Water for Good collaborates with the village to choose the site for the well. The well will improve health and dramatically reduce the amount of time families spend collecting water.
In the Central African Republic, each new well costs $22,000. Drilling wells in the CAR is a very difficult and expensive job. Supplies for the wells must be shipped over a thousand miles overland on mostly unpaved roads. In most of the country the wells must be drilled through hard granite before finding pure drinking water. Fuel costs of over $7 per gallon also add to the expenses of providing water for these small villages, driving up the cost of the drilling, test pumping, cement work, and pump installation.