Our water solution methods
Our water project design scope, budget and equipment suitability are assessed by qualified water engineers and approved contractors to ensure that the most appropriate and cost-effective technology is installed. BridgIT Water members provide professional, technical feedback loops with our partner organisations should they need technical assistance.
Every well is located within 300 metres from most village households saving recipients time on water collection and more time for economic advancement.
It is vital for the success of the water project that the water supply, design, technology, and equipment recognises and meet the skills capacity within the community.
Community ownership must be established for the sustainability of the well. Community ownership is the most efficient way to ensure the sustainability of the water well.
Once the water facility is in place, partners train the community on the formation and purpose of a Water User Committee (WUC).
Our water projects operate within basic WASH guidelines
Water is tested to meet adequate WHO (World Health Organization) standards.
The well must be uphill from any pit latrines and a minimum of 50 metres away.
Be above the flood level of any nearby river or lake.
Be in a location that allows the free access of all users all year round. This refers to physical access, i.e. passable pathway but also legal access. A right of way must exist to the well.
Be in a location where the level of the water table is at least 2 metres all year round.
Not be in an area where pesticides or fertilisers are spread on crops.
Not be in an area liable to erosion.
Not be in an area where the fluctuating freshwater table is influenced by a saltwater table of the sinking of a well will not pierce the saltwater table.
Specific distances from these facilities or buildings:
- Communal dumping site - 100 metres
- Cemetery - 50 metres
- Abattoir - 50 metres
- Dwelling house - 50 metres
- Animal pen - 30 metres
- Private domestic dumping site - 30 metres
- Large trees with extensive root system - 20 metres
- Roads, airstrips, railway lines - 20 metres
- Rivers or lakes - 20 metres
- Laundry or washing slab - 20 metres