Well Rehabilitation Project

New Rehab Project Strengthens and Improves Wells


The old platforms were eroding after years of use, and exposure to animals and the elements.

The old platforms were eroding after years of use, and exposure to animals and the elements.

An Important Update to Existing Wells

  • The WFSS Rehab Team, a new pilot program this year, has completed the rehabilitation of 31 of our older wells.

  • Our 2015 well evaluation project showed us that some of the oldest wells needed to have the cement platforms surrounding the wells repaired.

  • The new rehab team has set out to repair these wells with the updated design specifications WFSS has developed based on the 2015 trip.

  • All wells are surrounded by fences after construction to prevent damage by animals. (Note: many of the pictures featured here were taken before fencing was installed.)


The well platform before rehabilitation had eroded so much that villagers removed it from the site of the well. water puddled around the well as a result.
this photo shows the improved design with the finished fence. fencing is put on all wells, new or rehabbed, after the construction of the well and platform is complete.
The old design, with a round pool at the end, was more susceptible to animal damage, since animals would climb into the pool and trample the cement. the new, narrower trough will help prevent this damage. 
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Rehabilitation and Maintenance

  • Rehabilitating a well is a thorough and involved process, which takes a whole team to complete.

  • It's a very different process from the routine maintenance that villagers complete on their own while WFSS is away.

  • In the case of maintenance, villagers can obtain repair parts and replace damaged ones as they occur. Rehabilitation involves the complete replacement of the platform and animal feeding trough.

 

animals feed on the broken platform, which is both UNHYGIENIC and damaging to the concrete. 

animals feed on the broken platform, which is both UNHYGIENIC and damaging to the concrete. 


this photo also demonstrates how the damaged platforms wreak havoc in terms of animal feeding and human usage.
Because the animal trough cracked and broke, the goats learned to feed right under the spigot. this is bad for the people and the animals, and the construction of the new, longer trough will effectively keep the animals far away from the pump.

Wfss is committed to ensuring the continued usability of all the wells we have drilled.

Wfss is committed to ensuring the continued usability of all the wells we have drilled.

A Commitment to Functionality

  • WFSS is proud to report that the 300+ wells drilled by our teams are a reliable source of water, since we incorporate the whole village in the practice of repairing and maintaining their wells after we leave.

  • We intend to keep our promise of providing safe, fresh water to the people we serve, even after we've drilled the well for them.

  • We also assist in the repair of wells drilled by other NGOs in South Sudan whenever we are able.