Drilling Water Wells--Extended

Water for South Sudan (WFSS) drills water wells in remote South Sudanese villages to help the people access clean water, while also providing hygiene education and sanitation programs. WFSS is based in Wau and has worked in the Upper Nile, Bahr el Ghazal, and Equatoria regions. WFSS drilled its first well in 2005. To date the organization has drilled 391 wells and aims to drill 40 new wells each drilling season. There is currently one drilling team comprised of ten local South Sudanese employees. The addition of a second team is currently in the planning stages.


Water for South Sudan's drilling team operates during the dry season, which lasts roughly between December and May. However, the team plans to drill additional wells in the Wau area during the month of June. The team will work with county officials and local villages and chiefs to determine the best placement of new water wells. Villages are responsible for wells upon completion and must demonstrate willingness to be trained in maintenance and upkeep of the well. Each well takes approximately three to four days to complete. At the time of drilling, the team tests the water quality to ensure it is safe for human consumption.


  • South Sudan


  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene