The next steps

The next step in the pilot project was including the authorities as it is, and has to be part of the procedure in such projects. The inclusion of authorities in such projects from the beginning makes the handover process easier for us, and prevents the authorities from neglecting the project after it is handed over to the community.

On the pictures, you can see the visit together with the authorities in Gandorhun for site selection/ approval of locations for the water supply system components.

The visit kicked off with a gathering for introduction in the community hall.

As the photos show, women are highly represented in the meeting because of their role in the community.

Women and children usually fetch water in the communities, which is why they must be included, when the sites are being selected.

During the visit with the authorities, the stand posts locations were approved, though the water tank was allocated to another place. Despite of this, the water system components still remain in favorable positions considering the needed water pressure at the stand posts.

The following map shows, what came out of the visit.


The map of Gandorhun showing the approved locations of the water system locations.

The ongoing construction of hand wells is still proceeding, and the following photos are taken from the well in Komende, where the lining and the casing has been done.


The lining completed in Komende.


The well cover.


The casing completed.

The next steps in the construction will be sinking the well, then backfilling before covering the well, and at last do the water quality tests.

The drawing shows the different parts of a hand well for a better understanding of the pictures above.


A hand well drawing.

One thought on “The next steps

  1. Hi Peter,
    Now the internet in Tanzania allowed me to see the pictures of the shallow well construction in Komende.

    It looks like I guessed from the technical drawing.

    One nice feature is the raised platform for the inspection hatch. Nice.

    In Arusha, Tanzania, I once build a shallow well of 9 metre (3 meter below static water level) for a school using Trapezoidal block lining, in only 10 days from the first step of “water divining” to placing the cover.

    The total cost was about 6,000 DKK, including materials and all skille and unskilled labour, but not the cost for my supervision (about 3 hours per day). As it was for an urban school we did not fit a hand pump, but planned to put an electrical pump (not included in the price above).

    Due to the 3 metre depth into a rich aquifer the estimated yield from pump test was calculated to about 70 m3 per day, far exceeding the need for the 500 pupils.

    Regards, Erik


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