25th and 26th Shallow Borehole Drinking Water Supply Projects

DOW has been working tirelessly to make sure that the lives of more and more people are improved. We are proud to announce the success of the 25th and 26th Shallow borehole drinking water supply projects inauguration! The location of which is Enderta Woreda (May Genet and Messeret Kebelles). The project is integrated with Water Safety Plan (WSP), to teach the beneficiaries about adequate hygiene and sanitation for six months in a sustainable manner. The WSP will be implemented by DOW Mekelle University volunteer students. These water wells directly benefit more than 1000 people! With more and more motivation, support and hard work from all those who are concerned, we know that even more can be done! ‘Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress; working together is...

New Opportunities

New opportunities for for a society that has suffered enough! Tsegaye’s new responsibility is serving as a technician for a water well in his village and he is pumped about it. “I am very happy for the knowledge I have acquired as technician. We don’t have to wait for an expert to come and fix it. I can do it in a short time”, he says. Tsegaye is also now helping his family collect water. Like previous times, he doesn’t depend on his children to fetch water. He says they can now go to...

Clean Water, More Time!

For Mebrat’s four children, finding clean water meant missing at least two classes in a week. Mebrat and her children’s source of water was from a river which required 2 hours of walking. After a water well was recently constructed in their village however, Mebrat spends less time walking and her children can attend school properly. “My children can keep their hygiene properly and I can have more time for other household work”, says...

Clean Water and A Role

Aside being a mother of two, Yirgalem has now another important role in her community. One of DoW’s water well constructed near her area she has now both Clean Water and A Role. She has recently been elected as a secretary in a WASH Committee for a water well Drop of Water constructed in in her village of SewiKesel, Tigray. “I am happy to be able to serve my village in this way”, says Yirgalem Because of the water well, Yirgalem says she now walks only 10 minutes instead of walking 30 minutes to the river called May Aren. “I can access clean water nearby and my children can now take clean water bottles to school”, notes...

Project Overview

Water supply utilities and small community water supplies worldwide are currently faced with a challenge of providing adequate safe drinking water for their client. This is attributed to the following facts: increased pollution, contamination from human waste excreta and others, population growth and unplanned urban settlement and climate change. Furthermore, safety of improved water are neglected due to lack of awareness among those managing and operating water utilities and small community water supply about the risk of contamination and pollution any point in time in addition to the old legacy  of testing quality of finished water product    which is common in  the case of water utility. Consumers also in most case believe that once the water source is improved they will take for granted the water is safe in developing countries. World Health Organization recognized these challenge came up with solution during the revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality leading to the 3rd edition in 2004, the value of the Water Safety Plan (WSP) approach. Water Safety Plans are a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach from catchment to consumer, with the aim of consistently ensuring the safety and acceptability of a drinking-water supply as part of ongoing drinking water supply operation and maintenance. Though, since the introduction of WSP different countries implemented it as a  pilot only four countries in Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi).Thus, Water safety plan   conference was held with the purpose to promote and advocate the importance of WSP in the East Africa context among decision makers and practitioners though the participants were from all corner of the world. Over 256...