Water Charity - W|W Ethiopia Report


             January - June 2018

(Fig. 1) Mammay next to the new water tank filled by a solar powered pump. 

Thank you, for your support of the Wine To Water Programs in Ethiopia and the Filter Program! 

Ethiopia Summary Impact

This project is about personal and community transformation using the power of water in Adulala.

This small rural village is located in the Arsi Negele District of the West Arsi Zone in the Oromia Region. It is situated in the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia approximately 240 km south of Addis Ababa, about a four-hour drive.

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The total cost of the project was $21,070. This includes installation of the solar panels, the water storage and distribution system. This new system will serve 1,600 beneficiaries. To serve the equivalent number of people with new wells and hand pumps would have required two additional wells at a cost estimated to be $40,000.

Solar  powered  groundwater  pumping  systems  have  become  practical  and  affordable  solutions  in  Ethiopia  where  the  power  grid  is  unavailable  or  unreliable  and  the  cost  of  drilling  new  wells  is  high. They  are  also  easy  to  install  and  maintain  with  a  life  expectancy  of  approximately  20  years.        

This solar  pumping  system  includes  a  Grundfos  electric  submersible  pump,  controller,  solar  panels,  supply  line,  elevated  reservoir  for  gravity  flow,  and  a  public  water  point  consisting  of  three taps.  The three  faucets  help  the  community  women  and  girls to  fetch  water  easily   from  the  taps, now women and children no longer have to spend time  hand  pumping to fill their jerry cans (water containers).    

Ethiopia Impact Story

Fig. 3 Mammay and her youngest. 

Mammay is also responsible for collecting water for her family. She started by fetching water from a polluted river that took three hours out of each day. Mammay is a mother of 9 children and a leader of the Water Use Committee (WUC) that manages the productive drinking water-well that was constructed near her home in 2009.

(Fig. 4) Mammay filling up at the new tap stands. 

The Water Use Committee charges families a small fee for water and with these water funds they have been able to make micro loans to many women in the community further increasing the impact of the clean water solution.

The population has grown with time and the pump has been overused causing frequent breakdowns. A new solar-powered pump and tank delivery system was installed in May 2018 which has revolutionized the lives of all the women and girls that collect water. 

Mammay can also irrigate her gardens to produce even more fruits and vegetables. She is filled with joy!

Scroll down for a glimpse of our work in the Field! 


Glimpses of our Work in Ethiopia!

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THANK YOU Water Charity!  We are grateful for your continued support! 

Matt Wagoner