MSABI during the wet season

The heavy rain has made reaching villages difficult as many roads are inaccessible.  Demand for the installation of new water points decreases during the wet season for a few reasons - 
  1. namely village people do not have access to money during this time because they have invested income into their farms; and
  2. there is a belief that water points should be drilled at the height of the dry season when the water table is lowest.  This comes from open well digging, where you can only dig around 1m into the water table before the well starts to collapse.  Hence, if a well is not dug at the peak of a dry season then it may result in the well drying up.  This is not a problem with the "rota sludge" drilling technology that MSABI uses.  In fact it is easier for us to drill when there is plenty of water.  It has been a continuous education process to reassure communities that we will locate permanent water sources for them during the wet season.  

Encouragingly, this year, we continue to have groups coming into our office (albeit 1-2 per week) requesting drilling services at the height of the wet season - when in previous years this has not happened.  Our busy time when we are overwhelmed by demand will start late July.  We expect this year will be our busiest yet!


Below are some pictures of a borhole rehabilitation project.  The apron was damaged by heavy rains just after completion - prior to the cement hardening.  We had to return and fix the problem.  



Defective water point  due to rain




Water point after rehabilitation