Securing a water supply for an Ebola Treatment Centre, Port Loko

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Securing a water supply for an Ebola Treatment Centre, Port Loko

Port Loko, Sierra Leone 2014

In West Africa groundwater resources can predominantly be found in fractures and zones of weathering within the crystalline bedrock that covers much of the region. Hydrogeologists are required to support the siting of boreholes, to locate zones of fracturing and weathering within this impermeable crystalline rock.

In December 2014 GOAL requested Groundwater Relief to undertake an assessment of groundwater availability within the near vicinity of the Port Loko Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC). A desk study was conducted and recommendations provided within two weeks of receiving the request. No obvious drilling sites were found close to the ETC that would support a new production borehole.

Following the desk study a Groundwater Relief hydrogeologist supported GOAL with testing an existing borehole used to support water trucking to the ETC to ensure it would continue to meet the ETC water requirements over the course of the ebola crisis.