The rehabilitation of wells involves processes of securing the structure and integrity of existing shallow wells around the villages of Tanzania.
Typically shallow wells have been dug by members of the community. These are sometimes functional, but mostly dangerous and ineffective. The tops of the wells are often not secure and therefore can collapse. This results in dirt falling into the well as well as the danger that animals and people can also fall in. Therefore the water that these wells provide is often dirty, and minimal in supply, compounding the problems of water shortage and waterborne illness.
The rehabilitation of these wells means that the structures are drilled down properly to access clean water, the outward structure is secure and people can access constant supplies for their needs. Recently two wells were rehabilitated in the Simiyu region of Tanzania; these were very gratefully received by the communities in which they were installed.
As a result of the success of these wells the people in the communities affected have appealed for more wells to be rehabilitated in other areas so as to help greater numbers of people in their villages. The need has been assessed and the areas of greatest need have been found to be those in and around Mwanza, there are currently 41 requests for wells to be rehabilitated.
Each well rehabilitation costs £550.