Fresh2o Builds the 2nd Well
24 February 2016
Access to clean water is something many of us take for granted, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to share the story of the struggle to get clean drinking water even after funds and materials have been acquired.
The well was put into place in the Ambondrona Ampiringa village and took a team of 4 drillers (Aimé, Bruno, Abel, and Paul) and one social organiser (Rose) as well as around 10 beneficiaries a day to construct.
On the 12th of August 2015, 4 drillers and a social organiser travelled from Fianarantsoa to Ambondrona Ampiringa, Ambalakely with all the necessary materials and equipment needed for construction of the well, the official commencement date was the following day.
Over the following 2 weeks over 81 hours were spent drilling 6 holes with a combined depth of over 47 meters into the ground. Multiple holes needed to be drilled because many attempts were ceased due to striking rock in the ground. This disheartening discovery happened 5 times and at times just 80cm of depth was achieved in 9 hours of drilling. Every time rock was struck, a new hole needed to be started.
Once the 6th attempt had been hindered the 4 drillers reassessed each previously drilled hole and found water in the 3rd hole. Water flow levels were evaluated and found to be satisfactory enough to proceed with the borehole in this place.
Over the course of the following week the 3rd hole was worked on to turn it into a safe drinking water well. The sand filter lining, inlet filters, shaft lining and wall development were all worked on tirelessly and the sanitary apron was levelled and completed in a day.
On the 4th of September 2015 the well was completed and the well was officially handed over to the local community on the 5th September 2015. The beneficiaries prepared a small festival for the drilling team, who then returned to Fianarantsoa. An association was created to ensure sustainable management of the infrastructure, which groups together beneficiaries of the well.
The third well will be developed next year, but if you’d like to find out how you can help, or just find out some more information, please visit www.fresh2o.org