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Water Boreholes, Kenya

This Gold Standard project in the coastal region of Kenya, provides clean drinking water to small rural communities through the repair and installation of boreholes.

Project overview

  • Region: Africa

  • Project type: Household devices, Water

  • Standards: Gold Standard

Using a vertical pipe casing and well screen, the boreholes can extract clean water from the ground and communities no longer have to purify water by boiling it. This project is based around Kilifi County which is on the coast, north of Mombasa. So far more than 60 boreholes have been rehabilitated, benefiting about 37,000 people. With easy access to clean water, families no longer have to collect firewood for boiling, saving time and reducing deforestation. 

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals: In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits. The following SDG impacts are currently indicative and subject to change upon further analysis:

  • Clean Water and Sanitation: The project provides the infrastructure for clean water supply for communities. In many cases, the boreholes have fallen into disrepair and communities need to travel long distances from their town to collect water or use unsafe water sources. Depending on the number of people in the community, a borehole can provide about one million litres of safe drinking water per year.
  • Good Health and Wellbeing: With easier access to clean water, the boreholes, which can serve around 5,000 people prevent diarrhoea and other illness.

Read More information to find out how the project delivers other sustainable development benefits.

  • Gender equality: Boreholes greatly reduce the time needed for collection of water and fuel, and the purification of water. This reduces exposure to indoor air pollution, and allows women to focus on other income-generating activities. Without a functioning borehole, women spent and average of 2 hours 50 minutes per day collecting water, which reduced to 47 minutes per day after the borehole in the region was rehabilitated. 

Without a functioning borehole, women spent and average of 2 hours 50 minutes per day collecting water, which reduced to 47 minutes per day after the borehole in the region was rehabilitated

Rhoda and Amos

Rhoda and her children are normally responsible for collecting water and firewood, cooking, household chores, and caring for the elderly and sick. The nearest water source meant walking for 5 kilometres to fetch it. With the restored water borehole in the village now she, and her husband Amos, can collect clean water within easy distance, freeing up precious time. "It gives us the time, and the water, to garden and cook good food for our families," she says.