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Maruku, Nyeri County, Kenya

In Maruku, the community lost their water well in 2010 when their hand pump failed and cracked some piping down borehole. Hand pump failure (and subsequent damage to additional well components) is a common problem in Africa. The community, including both schools, is currently retrieving unsafe water from ephemeral surface sources that are 3-4 kilometers away. Members of the community are reporting high rates of illness, and the infants and children are affected most. Besides their lack of water, the community well organized and has substantial existing infrastructure, and they well positioned to thrive with new access to clean water.

Well Aware will do the following for system and community revitalization:

  • New elevated structure with additional water storage
  • New solar-powered pump and solar panels
  • Piping to schools
  • Tap stands at schools
  • Animal trough repairs
  • Re-plumbing of existing taps

Population: 4,500+

Project Category: water well rehabilitation