- Goal: Remediate the contaminated water well
- Location: Airer (25 kilometers south of Harar, Ethiopia)
- Cost: 4,600 Birr (~$230)
- Status: Completed March 2015
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During our visit in February 2015, Mohammed Suker (farmer, caring neighbor, and friend of the projects) made us aware of a crack in the well.
Mohammed Hassen made arrangements to meet with Mohammed Abdulbaki, the chief water resource engineer for the Harari Regional Government.
Mister Abdulbaki gave us a quick lesson in water well practices and confirmed that the well was contaminated with bacteria, but informed us that the source (aquifer) water quality was good and that the well could be rehabilitated easily. He generated a rough design, bill of materials, and cost estimate.
And, while his department did not have budget to support the remediation, he arranged for us to meet with two highly-regarded masons who volunteered their time and expertise to finalize the plan and supervise the work by skilled labor.
We established a plan, shook hands, and paid the full cost of 4600 Birr (~$230 US) in cash in advance.
The project was completed in March 2015…