The unhindered access to clean drinking water remains a significant problem in Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Around 31% of the population currently lives without a secure water supply.
A mobile drilling unit called “John’s Rig” is designed to remedy this situation: Viva con Agua plans to use the rig to build 196 shallow wells and nine deep wells in the Ethiopian state of Amhara – the cost of one well will be around 12,000 euros.
But not only the drilling rig, painted by artist David Shillingway in the Viva con Agua style, is part of this project: the fortification of five large water sources, the installation of drinking water access via filter and pipe systems, the construction of latrine blocks and hygiene training courses are also to be realized. Over 200,000 people are expected to benefit from this long-term project.