One of our previous projects had been to drill a borehole at the school, and this continues to work well, and is indeed providing water for building the new classrooms, and the agricultural projects. We are so grateful to everyone who helped with this project. We were always concerned that it may not produce enough water for both schools, but were assured that it would, and that looks to be the case.
The water quality was good, but recently developed a problem rendering it undrinkable. We had the water analysed, and it contained too much iron. The reason? We are not removing water fast enough, and the iron accumulates. After pumping the water it remains clear for a short while, then clouds and smells bad. There is a limit to how much water our children can pump!
So, we had an urgent need to upgrade the water system. This meant installing a water pump, special filter and 2 10,000 litre tanks on a 20' tower, run by a 6kw generator.
We are very please to be able to say that the project was completed in February 2014 at a cost of £10,500 and the new system is working very well indeed. A big thank you to everyone who helped raise the funds.
The water supply provides clean water to the Primary School, (350 pupils), Live in Staff (30) and Secondary School (currently 60 pupils growing to 1000 over the next 10 years) and also to the local community who currently rely on ditch water and a local stream.