Around the onset of spring of 2023, volunteers of Engineers without Borders – Netherlands (EWB-NL), Eric van der Tas and David Agoungbome, traveled to Cameroon to perform a feasibility study for a potential drinking water and sanitation project in PendaMboko. Located in the southwest of Cameroon,
PendaMboko is part of the rural sector in Bona Lea municipal council of the Littoral region in Cameroon with a sizable population of approximately 30,000 people.
The village of PendaMboko faces an acute problem of lack of drinking water. What’s alarming is that the village has multiple sources from where locals source water – natural sources such as springs, swamps, rainwater, and the Mungo River, as well as borewells and dug wells. Borewells are used for fetching
water from aquifers located 60 meters below surface level while dug wells are wells dug by a shovel to reach the phreatic groundwater table.
However, these sources are not uniformly treated and hence unfit for drinking purposes. Most of the natural sources provide water fit for washing and cleaning, while the borewells and dug wells have iron and concrete depositions in the pipelines that often contaminate the water fetched. While there are
several areas where the boreholes function well, using a hand pump that has been properly sealed above surface level, it is found that the current provision of drinking water supply is inadequate.