Long story short: $5,000, $1 and it varies.
Like the communities we serve, each well has its own unique attributes. To drill through 150 feet of soft earth, for example, may take less effort, time, and resources than drilling through 150 feet of harder, rockier ground. Well-drilling organizations charge accordingly and also take into account travel costs, equipment upkeep and other overhead costs to figure their prices.
Since different geographical conditions mean different prices, it’s difficult to put an exact nice, round number on the cost of a well. However, the varying costs average to right around $5,000 USD.
But Haiti Water Project is ultimately about people, not projects, so we’d like to offer a new way to think about it. Based on figures accepted by water organizations globally, it costs $1 to provide clean water for one person for one year. We’re partnering with churches in Haiti to provide clean water resources that will serve those in need — and communities are being changed. One dollar and one life at a time.
So, the cost to give someone clean water this year? $1. The cost to give an entire community clean water? $5,000. The cost not to? Comment below and let us hear what you think that cost is.