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At Quokka we believe that we can all do something for a better world, which is why our commitment to the #LiquidSociety goes beyond just ideals: in collaboration with the ADS NGO, we promote the drilling of water wells and the installation of water pumps in Ethiopia.

Did you know that Ethiopia is the second most populated country on the African continent? But with no direct access to the sea and under the constant threat of famine, only 57% of the population has access to clean drinking water. Thus our goal of quenching the world's thirst unites us and inspires us to continue building a more conscious and sustainable future.

1. Identification of the project: Every project starts by identifying the project. At this point, information is collected on the needs that have been detected. Either because the beneficiaries themselves have contacted the work areas or because the authorities transmit the need for water coverage. Once it starts, a verification of this need is carried out by us. To do this, the number of beneficiaries, water scarcity, and all community data are checked to confirm that they are real.

2. Hydrogeological study: Once the area has been selected, we proceed to locate the information on the type of land, borehole metres and flow rates in the area. A study is usually carried out to see the depths of the wells in the area and the use they are being put to in order to have a reference; this study is carried out through the water office.

3. Locating the well: Once the area has been determined, the exact drilling point is determined based on 2 aspects: the previous data and the information of the local population (floods, rainfall...). This last piece of information is very important, as it is key that the borehole is not flooded by excessive rainfall, which could cause rainwater and nearby dirt to enter the borehole and contaminate it.

4. Well management: Prior to drilling, a well management and future water committee document is signed. Ownership in Ethiopia belongs to the state, but private individuals have deeds of transfer. What is agreed is that the owner of the plot where the borehole is to be drilled signs a document endorsed by the community in which he/she cedes the borehole so that everyone can have access to water.

5. Mobilization and drilling of the well: In many cases, access to the villages is very complicated, but it is in this case where the population can collaborate the most, as they can help in the process by improving access to the machinery necessary for drilling the well.

6. Analysis: Once the drilling is finished, the water is analysed to see if it is within the WHO parameters. Subsequently, the various pumping systems are installed: manual, solar with a submerged pump and in some cases with a generator.

7. Water Committee: Last but not least. In Ethiopia, the Water Committee is formed. It is a committee made up of community leaders that seeks to protect and manage the final installation, as well as maintenance. It is usually made up of about 4 people who define the use, hours, quantity, access to water, management, etc. For management purposes, what is usually done is to collect a payment of family fees of 10 birr per month per family, (1 € is 55 birr) which allows to have a person in charge of the well and also to save money to pay for possible future maintenance.

8. Relationships: The water committee is in contact with the water office to which it reports any incidents. If there is a problem with the well that the community cannot solve, the water office is in charge of the cost of maintenance.

At Quokka we believe that we can all do something for a better world, which is why our commitment to the #LiquidSociety goes beyond just ideals: in collaboration with the ADS NGO, we promote the drilling of water wells and the installation of water pumps in Ethiopia.

Did you know that Ethiopia is the second most populated country on the African continent? But with no direct access to the sea and under the constant threat of famine, only 57% of the population has access to clean drinking water. Thus our goal of quenching the world's thirst unites us and inspires us to continue building a more conscious and sustainable future.