February is often a quiet month for Myra’s Wells drilling operations. In previous years, there has never been more than three wells drilled during the month. But this year has been different. In the goodness of God, we can report 8 new positive boreholes. That is a lot of clean water in February.
It looked as though we were going to get 4 drilled. And that would have been very pleasing in itself. But Christine was able to arrange more drilling over the last weekend of the month. So, this morning (27th February) we received an email which has given us the good news.
This is a summary of the latest wells. There are no photos yet, but we wanted to let you know the good news.
The well is in a new area of this small town in the south west of Burkina Faso. This district had to use a well in another part of the town. People had to wait for a long time for their turn to use the well. The new well is 69 metres deep and has a flow rate of 10,000 litres/hour! That’s a lot of clean water at this one place!
This is another place in the south west. There was no proper drilled well in the area. The people here only had open wells and a river to use for water. The new well is 46 metres deep and has a flow rate of 2,500 litres/hour. Not as much as Loripeni, but still a lot of clean water!
This is a village also in the south west – an area where we have not drilled many wells. You may have already read about the conditions here on this link. People here used to rely on a river which dried up and then used any remaining ponds – see this picture. The new well is 115 metres deep and has a flow rate of 1000 litres/hour. This is still a very adequate supply of clean water.
A village located in the east, near to Fada. The existing water supply was not enough for the whole village. As is often the case, people had to queue to use the nearest well. Now they have a new well, 54 metres deep with a flow rate of 12,000 litres/hour. Once again, a lot of clean water.
Another village towards the east. We put two other wells in the area a while ago. They are still producing a lot of clean water. But villages grow, especially if there is water in the area. Lierideni needed its own supply. The new well is 64 metres deep with a flow rate of 1200 litres/hour.
This village is near Bogande in the east. Here, there is a small reservoir. But it dries up. The only way to find water when that happens is to dig open wells – up to 15 metres deep. But they will not need to do that now. The new well is 78 metres deep with a flow rate of 800 litres/hour. This is just above the sustainable rate. So, it means that clean water will always be available.
Fandjora is a village which has sprung up in a gold mining area. There are many people there trying to find gold by digging deep, unsafe holes, searching for the odd nuggets of gold that can be found. Young men are often buried alive when the holes collapse. There was no proper water supply. Now they have a proper well 54 metres deep supplying 1200 litres of clean water per hour.
This village is near to Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s second city. There was a proper well in the village, but people were waiting for hours for a turn to use it. The new well is 60 metres deep with a flow rate of 2000 litres/hour
Altogether, that is a lot of clean water in new wells.
February was been a very productive month. We are quick to give thanks to God for this provision. The well count is now 147. Click here for the full list.