Have you ever wondered how we decide what type of water project to build in which country? Why do we typically dig wells in Northern Uganda, but build rainwater harvesting tanks in Mexico? There are many factors that determine the cost, location, and type of water source we construct. Some of these factors include in which country the project is being constructed (and what materials are available in their local markets), the landscape of the project site (is it possible to get a drilling rig there?), the geology (whether there is a lot of bedrock), and whether there are any latrines or rubbish piles located close to the proposed project site (any contamination site should be located at least 30 feet away). Here, we break down each type of water source, and why we use (or don’t use) them in certain locations.
There you have it! Hopefully, you’ve learned a little more about all of the different water sources we and our partners complete here at Ryan’s Well Foundation. We consult directly with our on-the-ground partners (who conduct rigorous research), and take pride in ensuring that we have matched the community with the source that best suits their needs. If you have any other questions – whether big or small – about our water sources or our project work (even if it’s just out of curiosity), please don’t hesitate to contact our Project Manager, Keely, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She would love to hear from you!