The Pakuma well is located by a busy market where the local women and children sell their produce. Agriculture is the main source of income for most of the families in this area. There was no available clean water near the market and the nearest waterhole was 1km away. But this water was neither clean nor safe and typhoid was very common in the area.
People would often get very sick from drinking this water and would comment that you could see tadpoles and other bacteria swimming in the water, but because it was all they had, there was no choice but to drink it.
In November 2021 Drop in the Bucket drilled a well in Pakuma. The drilled to a depth of 50 meters and the well produces just over 3m³/hr.
Now that Pakuma has clean water, the mood at the market is considerably different. People are happy that they are no longer getting malaria and there have been no cases of typhoid since the well was completed.