Royal Engineers assess community boreholes and wells during deployment in Kenya

Royal Engineers in Kenya
521 Specialist Team Royal Engineers assessing a local hand pump well. Photo: Twitter/521STRE_WD

521 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (STRE) Water Development (WD) have been assessing a number of local community boreholes and wells in Kenya.

While they were using their specialist equipment such as a ‘down the hole camera’  to examine the walls and boreholes, they caught the attention of some passing Samburu tribesmen who watched as they examined an existing hand pump well.

The Royal Engineers have also been putting their knowledge to use by assisting a local school and home for children affected by HIV.

Royal Engineers in Kenya
The failed borehole pump. Photo: Twitter/521STRE_WD

School staff had been forced to improvise when a failed borehole pump failed, so they used a small lift pump and a slight reconfiguration of the pipework to keep the water flowing.

Royal Engineers in Kenya
The reconfiguration made to the pump system. Photo: Twitter/521STRE_WD

521 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (STRE) Water Development are the Army’s well drilling specialists. Their primary role is to provide a water exploration and drilling capability for deployed forces. Even in these times of reduced army personnel numbers, water is such an essential commodity that the Army still maintains the capability.

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