Before the well, the school’s only water source was a rainwater harvesting tank, which was only effective during or immediately after the rainy season, but not much help during any of the dry months. During those times the students would have to bring water with them to school from any water source they could find. This often meant that the children were thirsty or drinking unsafe water.
Before this well was drilled the only source of water for the Obolokome Primary School and the Obolokome village were local streams. Unfortunately water from streams is not safe to drink as it is very susceptible to contaminants. The school and the surrounding village was in urgent need of clean water, which is why the team from Drop in the Bucket acted quickly after being told about the school, and their lack of clean water, by the district authorities.
Drop in the Bucket drillers were able to hit water at the depth of 50 meters and the water tested clean and safe to drink.