Our first visit to Buwembe village where we drilled the water well was three days, then we visited two more times for a total of six days working on the water well. Google map search “Busia, Uganda” and you might find where we are. I don’t know if Buwembe would be on Google maps.
Drilling a water well by hand is hard. We made a lot of mistakes. When I was cutting pipe for the screen at the bottom of the well casing, I dropped the pipe and cracked it. We broke pipe at a joint. Some of these are not really mistakes but just stuff that happens on drilling sites. The first time we pumped water, we realized we’d put a check valve on backwards. We had to pull all the pipe back out.
On the sixth day we sank the 4 inch casing, the 1.5 inch casing and .75 inch “rod” that carries the water. I can’t upload the video right now because I’m using Bobby Garner’s computer and it takes a couple hours to upload, so I’ll do that later. But I want you to see the looks on faces and happiness when the pump brought up the water.
The biggest thing is that we learned together. More than 50 people had their hands and hearts into this project. Children who carry water 1-2 kilometers were anxiously watching this closer well produce water.