Drilling Water Wells

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.

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WFSS's drilling teams operate during the dry season that lasts roughly from December to May. The teams work with county officials and local villages and chiefs to determine the best placement of new water wells. Villagers 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 drill. At the time of drilling, the team tests the water quality to ensure it is safe for human consumption.

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To date the organization has drilled more than 440 wells. The 2019-20 drilling season marks the first season WFSS is employing two drilling teams. With the addition of an extra team, WFSS aims to drill 70 new wells each drilling season. Each drilling team comprises 12 local South Sudanese employees.

Cross-cutting issues



  • South Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • South Sudan


  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene
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