DIARY FOR BOREHOLE-DRILLING IN AMBALAKELY

 

This well was put in place in the Ambondrona Ampiringa village, neighbourhood (Fokontany) of Ambalabe Ateza, in 1 imagethe rural municipality of Ambalakely, Haute Matsiatra region.

An association was created to ensure sustainable management of the infrastructure, named LOVASOA Association. It groups together beneficiaries of the well.

Although the community preparation work started long before, the actual drilling work started on the 12th of August and ended on the 9th of September 2015. There were 22 workdays in total. The names of the four drillers were Aimé, Bruno, Abel and Paul. They worked alongside 2 villagers who were trained-up to become local maintenance technicians (Jean Paul Edmond Randrianirina & Jean Michel Randriamanantena). Beneficiaries helped the drilling team throughout those 22 workdays; there were around 10 beneficiaries every day who fetched water and other local materials required.

Fanny, the drilling teams’ supervisor, made regular visits to the site to monitor work and help resolve problems. Drilling proved particularly problematic in this village due to rocks, but the team and local community showed proof of determination and resilience.

 

12-08-15: 4 drillers (Aimé, Bruno, Abel, and Paul) and one social organiser (Rose) drove from Fianarantsoa to Ambondrona Ampiringa, Ambalakely with all the necessary materials and equipment.

13-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians started drilling for 10 hours and reached a depth of 6 metres.

14-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians continued drilling for 9 hours and added another 7.3 metres depth.

15-08-15: 4 drillers, 2 village maintenance technicians and one trainee continued drilling for 8 hours, adding a depth of 3.7 metres, but they hit rock and had to move.

17-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians started drilling a new hole (the 2nd) and reached 3 metres.

18-08-14: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians continued drilling for 9 hours, adding 9 metres of depth but hit rock again and had to move once more. 2 image

19-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians started drilling a new hole (the 3rd) for 8 hours and added 4.8 metre of depth.

20-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians continued the drilling for 7 hours adding 2.4 metres of hole but hit a rock again and had to move.

21-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians started drilling a new hole (the 4th) for 9 hours and added 2 metres of depth but hit a rock again and had to move.

22-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians started drilling a new hole (the 5th) for 9 hours and drilled to 4 metres before hitting rock again and had to move.

24-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians started drilling a new hole (the 6th) for 10 hours and made reached 4 metres but hit rock again.

25-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians and continued drilling for 9 hours but made just 80 cm progress.

26-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians reassessed each previous hole drilled and found water in the 3rd one which was 7.3m deep. Water flow levels were evaluated as being satisfactory to proceed with the borehole in this place.

27-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians carried out the sieving of sand required for the sand filter lining.

28-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians continued sand sieving and cut the inlet filters.

30-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians started shaft lining and well development. The shaft lining was completed the same day.

31-08-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians continued the well’s development and started levelling land for the sanitary apron. The levelling was completed the same day.

01-09-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians continued the well’s development, started the foundations for the sanitary apron.3 image

02-09-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians started the sanitary apron.

03-09-15: 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians continued the sanitation apron installation and started
to build the fence around the well.

04-09-15: The Canzee pump assembly was achieved by 4 drillers and 2 village maintenance technicians.

05-09-15: The well was officially handed over to the local community. Beneficiaries prepared a small festival for the drilling team – they had meal together. Then the team returned to Fianarantsoa from Ambondrona Ampiringa.