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Imagine your organisation can transform the life of a Kenyan community. How? We'll introduce you to prospective projects. You choose the community you’d like to support. You also choose your level of engagement. We work together to provide the solution.

Who are we? Based between Bristol and Swindon, WellBoring works with school-based communities in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa that lack access to clean water. You’ll see prospective, current and completed solutions in the project pages. And more communities await water solutions.

What is the investment? Borehole solutions cost from £4,000 per hand-pump solution including maintenance for 10 years, while an electric solution can be several times as much. In a school community of 400 the cost is just £10 per child, or £1 per child per year.

How can your team engage? We can brief your team on the work, connect them with the community and keep you briefed as the drilling commences and the community gets access to clean water. They may not have clean water but someone in most communities has a basic mobile phone.  Or you can just provide the funding and await a report. It’s up to you.

Just mail to start the ball rolling.


Water solutions reduce or eliminate water borne disease and death, encourage students to come to school, and helps schools to develop themselves sustainably.

WellBoring finds school based communities that have no water, or only occasional rainwater, or dirty river water, but that also have a school leadership team, who could be entrusted with a water solution. The water solution can be a borehole of up to 60 metres or so in depth accessed via a hand pump, or a much deeper and therefore more expensive borehole which requires electric power.

We work with the local community to establish whether they can make a contribution towards the total costs or whether WellBoring would need to fund 100% of the costs.

Once we have found a prospective community, the pre-work includes assessing need and potential solutions, and engaging with the community leaders. We understand how they currently survive and what work if any may have been done previously. If the need is significant, and the community leaders seem capable, we turn towards the practicality and likely cost of a water solution. While rainwater collection is sometimes part of the solution, this almost always means finding sub-ground water. The deeper we would have to go for good water, the more the water solution will cost. A secondary factor concerns what we will have to drill through to get there.

Occasionally, a hydro-geological survey is already in place, but usually we need to commission one to determine the depth at which water is likely to be found.  We must also be mindful of the role of the water regulator – Water Resource Management Authority (“WRMA”) – who would need to provide a license before drilling could commence.

With the benefit of the survey results we are in a position to determine the optimal solution including any ground-level purification, organising the drilling, sleeving and finishing of the borehole and any ground level works, training the local community on use and maintenance, plus post-implementation liaison and maintenance. In Kenya our on-the-ground engineer, Lucy Njoroge, who is part-funded by St. James’ Place, usually contracts with the local community, supervises installation, and checks on maintenance needs. 

The depth at which water will be found and the consequent cost of drilling and of any power, the amount of water flow and the size of the community all influence the ways water can be used, which include drinking water, water for washing, water for cooking, and water for food. Clean drinking water and water for washing both reduce disease and death from water-borne diseases. The presence of water can enable school communities to cook and even establish kitchen gardens. The benefits continue. Get in touch and see for yourself.