Drilled Well in Kompina
ICA Canada, with our Cameroonian partner, is working with the water committee in the village of Kompina to bring a reliable source of water. This project is the first drilled well ICA Canada has built. The water pump powered by a diesel generator is bringing water from a depth of 70 meters to be carried by villagers to their homes. There are plans to convert this pump to a solar power source in order to be more sustainable into the future. There are also plans to pipe the water to several stand taps throughout the village and possibly even adjacent villages.
|2019 – 2020
In March of 2020, an ICA delegation met with the water committee representatives and villagers to tour the site. The water tank tower was still under construction, but the villagers were already actively using the water. Future ICA delegations will visit the site and look forward to maintaining good relationships with the local community.
In March 2023, an ICA delegation again to visit the site. The team visited Kompina to meet with community leadership and discuss the solar powered water delivery system we have spent the past 3 years installing and upgrading. The system was functioning well and reports from the community are consistent with reports we have been receiving for the past 6-9 months. Specifically, although the system does work well, the dramatic increase in the population means the system is too small by design to adequately address water needs. As a result, the water is rationed and does not reach all areas of the village. The water situation has improved but is still not sufficient. Discussions were held as to upgrading the system. The engineering work has been authorized and will be verified. It appears likely that more solar panels along with a higher capacity pump will help dramatically. An engineering report is forthcoming.