UPDATE! March 2017
Since April 2015 we have drilled
more than 60 boreholes - more than 40 of which are in remote rural
villages where previously people were collecting water from croc
infested rivers or having to dig shallow wells risking infection.
We estimate that we and our donors
(the largest of which is Bushcamp Company's "Committed to Clean
Water" campaign) have provided safe, clean water for life to
as many as 8,000 people!
Here in the Luangwa Valley many families still do not have access to safe,
clean water. Women in rural villages far from boreholes still collect
water from rivers or shallow wells. Collecting water from rivers is potentially
dangerous not only because the water is not clean but the risk of injury
and death from crocodiles and other wild animals is only too real.
Water from shallow wells is also potentially dangerous. Hand dug wells
are usually only 15 or so metres deep and are utilising water from the
top of the water table. Not only is this usually contaminated but they
often dry up towards the end of the dry season.
One of the most important Millennium Development Goals is access to clean,
safe drinking water and the importance of this fundamental concept cannot
Luckily, the solution here in the Luangwa Valley is simple communal
boreholes equipped with sturdy, low tech hand pumps.
Settlements here usually consist of extended families grouping together
into small villages. The water requirements for a settlement like this
can be provided for by a properly installed borehole serving perhaps
two to three hundred people.
The exact specifications of the borehole will vary from area to area but
as a general rule for the Luangwa Valley, the borehole should be about
30 metres deep. It must be gravel packed and the casing should be polypropylene
with perforations from around 25 metres in order to ensure the water is
coming from the pure flowing underground streams and aquifers, not the
It is essential to pump-test the borehole to ensure there is ample supply.
We have the water tested and the borehole registered and licenced so that
it is both legal and in line with Zambian water policy strategy. We aim
for a flow of at least 0.5 litres per second. The standard India Mark
II hand-pump can pump up to 0.2 litres per second.
We only use genuine India Mark II hand pumps they provide an excellent
and very long-lasting product as well as good after sales back up and
access to spare parts.
It is also essential to work alongside Village head-persons and traditional
leadership. A borehole committee is always founded in order that the village
has ownership and responsibility for the borehole and ensures its maintenance
We are uniquely qualified with our local knowledge of the geography ,
socio-economics and the many and varied challenges of the Luangwa Valley.
|Makolekole Ltd provides a complete
* Identifying local needs
* Divining and siting the borehole
* Drilling, casing and gravel packing
* Pump testing
* Water quality testing
* Installation of hand-pump and high quality surface works
* Liaison with local authorities to licence the borehole
* Full reporting throughout the work process
* Support in the creation of the Borehole Committee
* Advice regarding maintenance and upkeep
Each bore hole is indiidually costed depending on location and conditions.
Average pice is arounf US $5,850 per bore hole.
Click below for two publications from the Makolekole
and Why We Make Borehole Water Wells
Water for Life
Donations to the Makolekole Drilling Program
will be processed through a relationship with the Chipembele Wildlife
Addressing Gender Issues
Water and Sanitation:
In order for children and families
to benefit from clean water and sanitation, water points and sanitation
facilities must be accessible. Distance is critical because the
shorter the distance to clean water, the more consistently it will
be utilised. Furthermore, as fetching water is a task most commonly
assigned to girls and women, shortening the distance between households
and water supply is essential to reduce the time girls spend in
fetching water, which in turn will provide them with more time to
attend school. UNICEF
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