Artesian water is groundwater that is under pressure when tapped by a well and is able to rise above the level at which it is first encountered, often above ground. Artesian flows are often celebrated, as they give the appearance there is an unlimited supply of water, rising to the surface unaided by expensive infrastructure. However, there are significant problems associated with allowing artesian boreholes to flow uncontrolled including significant depletion of groundwater resources causing neighboring boreholes to dry up. BASEflow, in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, secured a grant from the Climate Justice Innovation Fund to build community resilience to the impacts of climate change by channeling the viable potential of artesian pressure towards sustainable agriculture to ensure improved food security, increased household incomes and provide a demonstrable alternative for utilizing waste water from artesian systems. BASEflow will be working with the Blantyre District Council to cap and control an artesian well, which has been running since 2007, in the small village of Jordani which has a population of 1920 people. Check our social media and updates pages for more information.
For more detailed information of the work done at Jordani, check out this mWater report below: