FAQs

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FAQ

When people find out about what we do, two things usually happen. First, they get very excited about our model and our impact. Second, they have A LOT of questions. Here are answers to just a few. If you have others, just contact us.

What does the 4 stand for?

Early on, while this was still a hobby, the 4 was commonly-used shorthand for our projects, such as Water 4 Sierra Leone, Water 4 China, Water 4 Agriculture, etc. When we grew into an organization, the 4 stuck.

Today, we like to think that the 4 represents the four major impacts of our work:

  1. Creating jobs
  2. Saving lives
  3. Sharing love
  4. Transforming communities
How does the manual drilling method work?

The manual drilling method utilizes a systematic combination of proven drilling technologies that have been scaled for human power. We have designed different tools for each geological layer that might be encountered in the drilling process. Tools are designed using innovative combinations of raw materials that can be sourced in any country in the world. By using materials that are universally available, we are furthering our mission of putting a truly sustainable solution in the hands of the local people.
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How does the pump work?

The Access 1.2 Hand Pump was named for the 1.2 billion people who lacked access to potable water at the time of its invention. We are glad to report that, since that time, the number of people without clean water has dropped to an estimated 780 million.

The Access 1.2 was designed to make use of the availability, affordability and durability of plastic. It is primarily composed of standard PVC pipe and fittings and operates using a telescopic design that places two one-way valves working in opposition with one another. Its design also bypasses the need for leathers or o-rings, which are the primary wear components in traditional pumps.

The individual components of an Access 1.2 installation can be sourced in practically any country in the world, making it realistic to find affordable replacement parts for maximum sustainability and for the eventual manufacturing of pumps in country.
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How do you know where the water is?

Water4 operates in areas where there are hand-dug wells. The presence of hand-dug wells indicates that the ground layers are suitable for manual drilling, and also gives us an idea of where we might encounter the water table. Drilled wells are much more sanitary than hand-dug wells because, rather than being open to the elements, drilled wells are sealed and cased, ensuring the water they are accessing is clean.

How much does a well cost?

Well costs vary from country to country based on the price of local materials, but on average the true cost of a well is around $1,500.

What kind of followup happens after the well is drilled?

We are dedicated to implementing a multiple-well strategy in the communities where we work. This means we never do “one-and-done” projects where we leave the community to fend for themselves after a well is drilled.  

In most cases, we have a field partner in the community through which we offer support, guidance, and best practices for the continuation of well-drilling efforts in the community.

Is the well water safe to drink?

Water4’s primary focus is on the acquisition of water and the transfer of technology. We support the work of our in-country partners to implement sanitation and hygiene programs and to regularly monitor the quality of the water.  

All Water4 wells are tested for Coliform bacteria, which indicates that disease causing organisms (pathogens) may be present. Primarily we work in rural areas where there is a small likelihood for ground water contamination.

How can I get involved?

We believe that everyone has a unique contribution they can make to help raise funds and awareness for this important cause. Click here to learn more about how you, your business, your church, or even your small group or classroom can get involved with Water. Everyone can make a difference.