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Build A Well for Water The Old School Way: Video

By | November 19th, 2022 | Modified - July 15th, 2024
Watch the video making the well on Youtube

Build A Well for Water in Kenya Using Local Methods

I decided to build a well in my front yard of my house in Kenya. There is no access to municipal piped water in my area, so people depend on wells or boreholes to get water.

In my area, you only need to dig down around ten feet to get water. The water in my area in wells is fresh water instead of salt water. But if you dig down too deep, you will then hit salt water.

This happened with my borehole. I dug a borehole and used a submersible pump to get water. The problem is borehole goes deep down to get water, and the deeper you go the more likely you will hit a salt water layer.

I am able to get water from it but it is less useful because it contains too much salt. I can bathe with it, but my plants do not like it. My grass doesn’t mind drinking the salt water, but my plants don’t like too much salt.

Making The Well

We used local techniques to make the well, and had guys manually remove the soil and sand with shovels. After this, the mason “fundi” built the wall of the well.

Building well wall
Building Well Wall

We added steps inside the well using iron bars, called chuma, and put the chuma inside rubber hoses to protect them from rusting.

Chuma steps covered with rubber hoses
Chuma steps covered with rubber hoses

Once we completed the well:

well wall
Well Wall

The fundi made a cover for the well:

Well Cover
Well Cover

He also made an underground chamber to house the water pump:

Chamber for Pump
Chamber for Pump

And he made a cover for the chamber:

Chamber Cover
Chamber Cover

The welder made a door for the well.

Well Door
Well Door
Completed Well and Chamber
Completed Well and Chamber

Watch the step by step video of my well being built.

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About Author:

Aqiyl Aniys is the author of the books Alkaline Herbal Medicine, Alkaline Plant Based Diet and the children's book, Faith and Justice eat an Alkaline Plant Based Diet." He received a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and studied social work. He enjoys boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and his alkaline plant-based diet supports all that he does. Learn more about transitioning to an alkaline vegan diet using the Dr. Sebi nutritional guide.

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