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Community involvement in siting and constructing boreholes – Good practice guide

Guidance for communities and contractors before and during the construction of a borehole

2016 Available in English, French and Portuguese

A member of the local community gathers fresh, clean water in Ethiopia

From: Reveal toolkit: Water, sanitation and hygiene 

Tools and good practice guides supporting access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices

Boreholes (also called drilled wells or tubewells) are an important source of drinking water in many countries, and are less likely to become contaminated than hand-dug wells. However, most local communities do not have the knowledge, resources or machinery to drill and construct boreholes themselves, and so this work is usually done by external contractors.

This tool provides guidance to local communities and contractors on what information is needed before work on a borehole starts. It also suggests key questions that communities could ask during the design, siting and construction of the borehole, to ensure their active involvement in the process.

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