Women & Children
Boreholes are drilled down to 250 ft to find water. After the hole has tapped into sufficient water source, metal pipes are inserted. The borehole pump, either powered by sun or electricity, sits above these pipes. When water is pumped to the surface, it is filtered to ensure water is safe before being piped to homes for use.
When no surface water source is available.
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New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade via Rotary New Zealand World Community Services Ltd
In the past, families would pump water from wells using small surface pumps whilst others fetched water with buckets. Some men like Deo carted water long distances using bullocks. The drought of recent years has reduced the water level in all ground wells, forcing Cobue families to ration the little water they have. Three families in the community use pit toilets and the other 30 households have a mix of water seal and flush toilets in their homes. Community representatives asked for our assistance in 2014. The location of toilets were mapped to ensure a safe distance of more than 50m from the borehole. The promise of water was realised with funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme via Rotary NZ Community Services Ltd.