Shallow Water Wells: Only a Temporary Solution
For years, many organizations have donated shallow water wells to African villages to combat the extreme water supply shortages. This has alleviated a lot of suffering over the years, and IFA (It’s For Africa) partnered with different charities on these projects as well. However, due to the lack of education about shallow water wells in Uganda, and the accessibility of free wells, 80% of shallow water wells become non-functional because they dry up or lacked proper maintenance. Shallow wells are also more likely to become contaminated. Deep water wells, on the other hand, are less susceptible to contamination and drying up. However, big rig drilling companies charge $15,000-25,000 per site, which is neither affordable nor practical for many villages as the accessibility for big trucks and machinery is limited.