Artesian Well System in Africa



Moringa Community School of Trades Gets Running Water

Thanks to a 2010 Grant from Charles & Marion Hentz and engineering by Jeffry Lohr, the Moringa Community Center is first to to have running water in Breman Baako,  
This system is great but please make note that we are in desperate need of additional storage tanks to help us through the dry season. 

First - How the Mr. Jeffry's Artesian Well Water System Works 

Rain Water On Demand Running Water
 You can click on the photo above to enlarge
Basically it is nothing more than a float valve-check valve upgradient collection and distribution system

First the reader must understand that drilling our own bore hole was financially out of the question plus their would be no guarantee we would even hit any water.  In Jeffry's travels to our site in early 2010 this need for water was immediately apparent.  Witnessing the enormous amount of work and the extremes to which our staff had to go to to carry ten 6 gallon containers of water per day from the village bore hole (1/2 mile away) it was apparent this problem needed to be remedied if we were to make canning a successful endeavor.   Abu was careful to secure rain gutter at the time we purchased our roofing materials for the compound in 2009.   Having that in place and being fortunate to have our 9 acre compound situated on a hillside the rest was just a matter of thinking about how to turn what we had into an on demand water system.  We did this through the initial funding by the Hentz family coupled with the manual labor of our staff & volunteers along with the piping, valves, and tanks purchased and everything came together nicely. 

How our system was built and how it works.  

Home Made Artesian Well System.
Few if anyone in America can even imagine not having running water let alone imagine having to porter their daily supply on foot by pail at a time from a hand pump well over 1/2 mile away. For those that don't understand the schematic drawing, this drawing will be easier for you to conceptualize how the system works.  PLEASE NOTE THAT TANK # 2 AND TANK # 3 ARE FANTOM TANKS. All we currently have is Tank # 1.  


Fist a 5 foot wide 16 foot deep pit is hand dug. Sowah seals bottom of pit with concrete.
The 16ft. deep hole is filled back up with beach sand.  As usual our trusty Kia Truck is taking a real beating to move this weight. Heavy cement 4ft. diameter culverts are trucked in (again our board our Kia) and rolled off the back for installation into the cistern pit.


Fist culvert is carefully muscled into place.  Abu sets good example on how to carefully remove sand so first culvert sinks properly.


Second culvert is rolled into place and then dug out to drop the two down 8 feet into earth. .  Third Culvert is added and the laborious process is continued.


Getting to the bottom of things.  Pump, float valve, check valve, and piping is installed and 300 ft trench is dug up to top of hill above compound.


Our first and only storage tank arrives and is rolled up the hill into place. 
Please Note. We still need funding for Tanks Two and Three in this design so we can make it through the dry season.
Our only tank, yet "Key Tank" is mounted into place, leveled and fitted with pipe and manifold.


The system functions perfectly.  Our huge cistern fills within 2 hours in a heavy rain.  Key to the system is pumping the water up the hill so we can have on demand water.  The cistern fills much faster than we can pump the water up the hill. Few in America cannot even imagine not having running water.  Now the Moringa Community Center has it's own water on demand system.  


Kind Folks, We still are hopeful to find funding for our second and third tanks that are currently seen as Ghost or Phantom tanks below.  We are blessed to at least have Tank #1 but please consider funding a tank or perhaps even some funds for additional piping that we can reach our Moringa Garden for regular watering of plants when needed.  .
.Click here to view our 2011 / 2012 Wish List for Water System Supplies and how you can help.