Kolunje, Kenya is a community comprised of about 9,000 people who historically relied on seasonal and unsafe water supplies such as hand-dug wells and intermittent streams. Since 2018, the community has had access to a well drilled by EWB Rutgers at the Magwar Model School. However, the well is at a single location on private property, and water collectors, most often women and children, still must spend hours of their day collecting water for their families’ needs.
To alleviate some of the pressures on these populations, the project’s current goal is to design and install a public water kiosk that would allow community members to have more reliable access to potable water. We will also assess the possibility of piping water to the nearby hospital and schools to improve sanitation.
04/01/21 – We transitioned back into working on the pre-implementation report that we started at the beginning of the spring semester.
03/11/21 – We worked on brainstorming fundraising ideas, one of which includes posting bingo boards on social media to raise money.
02/18/21 – We gave updates to our members on the status of our project and the pre-implementation report.
02/04/21 – In the first meeting of the Spring semester, a brief project background/introduction was given for new members. We also stated our goals for the semester: finishing kiosk design with proper specs, and working on aerial drawings and pre-existing conditions for the site location.
|First Assessment||Data on water sources and other landmarks were collected in order to create a sitemap.|
|Second Assessment||EWB-USA Rutgers is to drill a test well to better understand the groundwater conditions in Kolunje|
|Follow up||Close collaboration with ECODS secures our project a valued partner in education and on the ground support. This will increase the longevity of the project.|
|2013 Assessment||The planned borehole was drilled, but was not water bearing. After careful re-assessment and surveying, the team and community members decided to shift the focus of the project to rainwater catchment at the Miranga secondary school, primary school, and Lunga primary school.|
|Moving Forward||The current goals of the project for the academic year of 2020-2021 is to design and to ultimately conduct an implementation effort for a water kiosk. The kiosk will be located in close proximity to the school and will be made available to people throughout the community. Assess the feasibility of installing water distribution system, if not feasible close out the project.|
Krista Parker & Victoria Wanjohi
William Nichols, P.E.
Natalya Shimunova, P.E
Ms. Asenath Dande