Ifakara Health Institute - Lupiro installation

My friends Sarah and Jason Moore who are undertaking a large Gates funded malaria project based in Ifakara asked me to help them install a new water point at one of the villages they are working - Lupiro.  They have been helping the people of Lupiro maintain one of their only government installed water points.  They were getting tired of the large costs required to constantly repair the government installed SWN pump.  This year alone they have spent over $1000 on repairs.  They decided to sponsor a fully paid MSABI borehole and rope pump for Lupiro.  I was happy to help them and the village out - but I must say I am never happy giving free infrastructure away as it always leads to big question marks regarding operation management - ie nobody takes ownership because nobody had to pay for it.  The attitudes of people who expect things for free are never nice to deal with.  For example, we requested the input from the local council members to determine where we would drill .  You think they would be delighted to get a new water point - but it seems they were more interest in getting a payment for telling us where we should drill a new free well for them! arghh politicians - who are they really serving!

Anyway, Ngila and his team have finished the work and the well shall be operational from next week.  The IHI team who sponsored the well have told the community it will be their responsbility to manage the new water point - but I have a feeling that when something goes wrong they will be creeping back to IHI for help.  Whilst the guys were drilling the SWN pump broke again - as IHI is on Christmas holidays it will remain broken.

Drilling samples.  We take a sample every 1m of depth (or change in soil profile).  This gives a record of where to place our concrete seal and where water bearing aquifers are located.

We are experimenting with different guide block designs.  Here is a new design, a rotating PVC bush.  The guide  block changes the direction of the rope at the bottom of the borehole.

Preparing centralisers for the PVC casing.  The centralisers make sure the casing is held in the middle of the borehole and not resting on one side.  It ensures the gravel pack - which is the lungs of the well - is surrounding the casing.

Inserting the casing into the borehole.  Check the malaria research hut in the background.