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Projects / Summit Schools, Maragua, Kenya

Completed 29 August 2011

Summit Schools was the first community to receive a WellBoring borehole, bringing water to the 170 children and the local community.

James Ngugi Discusses Borehole Location With The Driller


Breaking Ground

This next video clip shows the moment we started drilling with the rotary percussion drilling rig.  It shows how fast it moves through loose ground.  It works best when breaking through rock since the ground is self supporting.  The worst type of ground to drill through with this type of rig is sand becuase it falls back in on the drill bit as it travels deeper into the hole.


We replaced the existing 37 year old surface well and diesel pump by drilling a 120m deep borehole within the grounds of Summit Schools, providing 5000 litres of water per hour and meeting the schools need for a safe, clean, sustainable and cost effective water supply.

James Ngugi Talks To Louise Evans About The Need For Water


The borehole contains a 225mm diameter steel tube within which another 152mm diameter slotted steel tube is centered. The slots are set at levels corresponding to the aquifers in the ground. The borehole pump hangs inside the inner tube, which is surrounded by an annular gravel pack whose purpose is to filter the ground water to prevent fines from entering the borehole.

We Hit Water!


The pump is connected to a 3 phase electricity supply backed up by a diesel powered generator, which ensures security of supply.

Get a copy of Graeme's diary notes from the bottom of this page and read the full story of the bore hole construction over the 2 weeks in Summit Schools in August 2011.

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Graeme's Diary Notes

18 Months on - A Fishy Story       

The WellBoring Borehole at Summit Schools in Kenya is having far-reaching effects. As well as ensuring the school’s survival, it has enabled the creation of a huge greenhouse where “luxury foods” like tomatoes are now being grown.

Even more remarkably the school is now blessed with a small fish lake. Last week WellBoring Trustees Jefferson Cann and Nigel Linacre saw the algae growing across the surface, providing protection from birds. Any day now the fish will arrive. This all flowed from a dream Summit co-founder Karen Ngugi had some years ago, With tomatoes and fish coming into the children’s diet, we wonder what will come next.

Though the future may be uncertain, Summit Schools are more self-sustaining than ever. It’s amazing what a difference water makes.

Listen to James talking about the difference water has made to Summit Schools.

James Talking About Impact