Water Charity - W|W Ethiopia Report
January - June 2018
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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.
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
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.
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!