Each water well & filter costs $250 and provides a family and its immediate neighbors with easily accessible hand pumped clean water. On an average, four families use each water well. Without it, these people, mostly women and children, would have to walk 3 kilometers (about 2 miles) in each direction to collect dirty water from stagnant pools or contaminated streams. At present, we work in Ampil Commune and surrounding areas. Ampil has10 villages, with a total of 7,800 people. We have moved our water well construction to Balong Commune in the north east of Siem Reap, with a total of 12,500 people in 10 villages. We have provided over 800 water wells to date, serving 30,400 people.
We provide ceramic water filters to purify the water, so fuel for boiling can be conserved. We organize hygiene and clean village workshops and instruct everyone, young and old, on importance of washing hands with soap and running water for which we advocate construction of Tippy Taps.
It takes one day each to dig a well and then pour the concrete. Digging the well employs three people. Each well has a signboard and this employs yet another person. The contractor is then liable to repair the well for the first two years to ensure that all the parts continue to work. The villagers are taught how to take care of their well.