You invest your money in Water of Life’s ministry. You see the stories and photos of the villages you impact with clean water and the love of Christ. But what happens in-between your donation and the finished well? Here’s your step-by-step guide told through the Brooklyn Corner Community in Liberia.
1. Water of Life heard about a need for reliable water in Brooklyn Corner. These typically come from word-of-mouth, emails, county assessments or other means. Either way, as soon as we heard about this need and were in the area, Water of Life-
2. Visited Brooklyn Corner and completed our own assessment. We mapped out how the villagers were currently gathering water, and if it was reliable year-round. CRCA, our pastor partners in Liberia, completed a spiritual assessment of the community. It was found that Brooklyn Corner villagers collected their water from an open, hand dug well which runs dry from November to May each year. It was decided that Brooklyn Center needed a new water well, and the best location to meet the community’s needs was selected. CRCA committed to strengthen the existing churches’ ministries in the community. Cedar Creek Church had donated the funds for a new well (THANK YOU!!!), and we added Brooklyn Corner Community to our drilling schedule.
DAY 1 of WELL DRILLING
3. The drill rig and crew arrived in the village. They prepped the well site including levelling the ground and clearing the brush away.
4. The drilling equipment was off-loaded from the trucks and re-assembled to prepare to drill the well. Everything was in place to start drilling the next day.
DAY 2 of WELL DRILLING
5. The drill rig completes a wet drill at the selected well location until it hits rock. This means that water of pumped through the drill stem to flush out dirt, sand, and other debris as the drill digs deeper.
6. Ideally, water has been found. A larger 7” hole is drilled and flushed to clear of debris.
7. A 4” PVS pipe casing was prepped by cutting slots near the bottom for water to enter. This casing was placed into the newly drilled hole.
8. A gravel pack was added at the bottom of the hole surrounding the PVS casing. This gravel pack serves two purposes: to keep the pipe in place and act as a filter for the water as it enters in casing into the well.
9. The remaining hole around the casing was then back-filled with dirt displaced from the drilling process.
DAY 3 of WELL DRILLING
10. If water was not found before hitting rock, the casing is cemented to the rock. A drill called the “down the hole hammer” used with an air compressor is lowered through the casing to work on punching through the rock. This drill works at a pace of about 10 feet an hour until it hits water. This process can add a few hours to a few days to the drilling time depending on how much deeper it has to go to find water.
11. In the case of the Brooklyn Community, water was available before hitting rock so the drill crew was able to start the day by clearing out any sediment added to the water through the drilling process. This was done by pumping out the water until it runs clean.
12. The crew levelled and secured the top of the well for a concrete pad. They also created a sanitary seal around the casing by cementing the top several feet of the PVC pipe in concrete. This was left to dry overnight.
DAY 4 of WELL DRILLING
13. The apron was added to the well. This is a 10-foot diameter ring set with concrete blocks and poured concrete that slopes towards the drain. This was also left to dry overnight.
DAY 5 of WELL DRILLING
14. The hand pump is added to the well. Everything was left to dry one more day so all the concrete was completely dry and ready for repeated use.
15. A dedication service was held for the entire village allowing everyone to celebrate their new clean water well and to glorify God for this gift.
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