Living off the land
Agirigiroi is 1,500 person community that thrive off fertile land and a swampy marsh. They have welcomed our team to learn about their water issues and how they survive during the dry season. The entire community is welcoming. Often during field assessments, we would stay all day long because families would want to show us how they cook, play, and entertain each other.
A DISAPPEARING Resource
The only water sources people rely on are hand dug wells scattered everywhere. The water is murky, shared with animals, and used for everything. For the 5 month dry season, all of the hand dug wells go dry. Women and children will walk 4 kms north to a hand pump that is being shared by over 5,000 people.
Sickness and Dirty Water
“That happens all the time, we just scope the mouse out and drink the water.”
Different types of bacteria are present in the hand dug wells. Children and adults become easily ill, but it is the only source available. We have worked diligently with the community to create something new.
Clean Water, Training, and Community Leaders
Clean water is on its way
Through consistent planning, training, and community meetings, clean water is on its way. We have completed the borehole drilling and design aspects of the project. All that has to occur now is to finalize the solar and distribution components to the project and everything can run smoothly. Once completed, everyone will have access to clean water year round that is only a few steps away.
It takes an entire community
For each step of the project, the community is always present. They help provide recommendations for training, maintenance, and final designs. They have volunteered their time, energy, and resources to see a completed project.
Project Technical Responsibility
Each part of the project process takes its own team of engineers, hydrogeologists, and managers to ensure it all works smoothly. Local professionals have offered their services because they see the impact a project like this will have on Agirigiroi.