Borehole Drilling

In areas where shallow wells are not enough, the YMA will contact the government’s hydrology department and get scientific information as to the required depth for a well to be dug.

These are different from standard handpumps due to the depth dug and the weight of the water that the pipes and mechanism must bear. Due to this, the equipment is considerably more expensive and the hiring of the rigs required to dig to such depths are also more costly.

In addition to the installation of the well, the YMA maintains and monitors the well to ensure it remains open for all to use.

As the installation of this type of well is expensive, the YMA ensures the use of robust and durable parts to ensure long years of service. Throughout our history, besides regular maintenance, not a single well installed by the YMA has ceased to function.

As with handpumps, donors will get a detailed feedback report and have a permanent plaque on site that confirms their donation. This is done for the sake of transparency and because many of the beneficiaries make dua for the donor.

The average cost of a deep well is US$30,000 to US$40,000. This on its own is not useful unless it includes reinforcing the well walls, concreting the top, concrete drainage away from the well, large water tanks, re-enforced elevated platforms including its foundation, plumbing and piping, diesel pump and maintenance.

Soft Soil Boring to 100 metres with all the above features and a plastic 10,000 litre tank is
US$100,000
Rock Boring to 300 metres with all the above features and a steel 20,000 litre tank is
US$130,000

On average, a deep well benefits up to 10 villages and about 4,000 to 4,500 people.

To date, 12 deep wells have been installed by the YMA.