India Penke: Polavaram 2013

Giving Thanks for Another Well
Village: Polavaram–India
Well Depth: 202 feet
Hydromissions recently completed another well in the small village of Polavaram. This village is in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is about 35 km away from the banks of the Godavari River. Access to this village was no simple task as it is extremely remote and isolated. Roads leading to this village snaked across treacherous terrain, but the journey was well worth the effort.


The people of Polavaram depend on selling firewood, honey, coal, tamarind fruit and soap nuts for their livelihood, because the rocky nature of the landscape makes farming very difficult. The water they drink comes from streams and is contaminated by human and animal waste. Because the village is so remote, there is no hospital access, making the diseases caused by the contaminated water a significant concern. For the severe and life-threatening symptoms that can accompany any of these diseases, a villager would have to travel a minimum of 100 kilometers (approximately 62 miles) over treacherous roads to reach medical care.


Access to clean water is paramount to the health and well-being of the Polavaram people. This drilled well will help to make their improved well-being a reality.
Penke and his team are accustomed to the challenging geological conditions of India that often arise as a project progresses; the landscape of Polavaram and the surrounding villages proved very rocky, making drilling especially difficult. Hydromissions usually only drills boreholes by hand, but on this particular project after no advancement was made in several locations, work came to a stop because of hard black rock formations underground. Finally, a rig was brought in that was able to break through the rock formation, drilling 202 feet down to bring the much needed clean, reliable water to a village of God’s beloved people. Thank you for being a part Hydromissions and helping to make this water project possible.