Water: A Basic Need, a Human Right
Clean water changes lives, helping to strengthen families and communities. Where safe, clean water flows, villages have more opportunities to prosper.
A nearby source of fresh water helps improve access to education, economic development, and health. Clean water brings new hope to people, empowering them to change their lives.
Water for South Sudan's operations teams, based in Wau, work in remote villages in the Bahr el Ghazal region in South Sudan.
Prior to WFSS building a well, these isolated villages have extremely limited access to clean water, and often can only access contaminated water. WFSS works with local governments and community leaders to determine the placement of wells. The goal is to create sustainable systems, incorporating well maintenance and training as part of the installation of a well. In each village, WFSS trains one to two people on simple well maintenance and repairs, and connects villages to local supply chains to help with acquisition of spare parts if needed.
Drilling takes place from December to June during the dry season. To date, WFSS has drilled 349 wells. A well takes about three to four days to build. Once complete, each well pumps approximately 1,800 gallons of water per day and serves approximately 600 to 750 people. The number of individuals served varies based on the size of the village and the proximity to other villages without clean water.
WFSS aims to drill 40-50 new wells each year, while also rehabilitating older wells and providing hygiene education.
Well Rehabilitation Project
Rehab Project Improves Wells
WFSS strives for sustainability in all we do. When a well breaks, people lose access to a fresh water source.
In 2017, WFSS launched its rehabilitation team to repair older wells. The rehab team returns to older wells to repair any broken parts and upgrade the cement platforms around the wells. Rehabilitation includes the complete replacement of the platform and animal feeding trough.
Rehabbed wells are now repaired using a more robust design standard to ensure many more years of use.
WFSS also responds to community requests to repair wells drilled by others, and repairs wells in the Wau area, near our Operations Center.