The #waterconnections project is based on the construction of a network of clean water & sanitary solutions, from several sources: Deep boreholes to find the cleanest water possible, the collection of filtered rainwater.
Deep drilling in a region where no drilling had ever been done before because of the access, the geographical relief. This drilling makes thousands of litres a day, which we all consume by litres. Located at the bottom of the highest hill in the region, this borehole feeds our #sdmbinudita school, which we built in 2020 & 2021.
The water today reaches the school through a network of buried pipes, over more than 400 m of an ultra-steep slope. The submersible pump is located at the very bottom and powered by the electricity we brought to the area. 12 pylons have been installed, they support the electric cable supplying the submersible pump.
This network will supply 2,200 people, spread over an area of several dozen square kilometres, which cannot be achieved without the construction of relay reservoirs or clean water storage. These pictures show you how all of us on-site build them:
Today, we made 5 tanks. They are made of iron and cement, waterproof & closed, they ensure the non-contamination of water, whether from rain or deep wells. We still have 5-6 left to build.
These reservoirs are interconnected by miles of pipes that we bury. When the gravitational force is there, it’s perfect, the water comes down from the hills to go into each reservoir. If this is not possible, we use hydrodynamic pumps to draw water up to the water tanks.
Then, it will be the turn of the toilets & showers which amount to 20 units. Here, nobody has a toilet, to go to pee, poo, women’s menstruation, all this is done in nature with the immensity of the risks that this entails.
We’ve been here for over a month now as part of the #waterconnections – #rebuildmbinudita project. The conditions are tough, but the families for the first time in their lives have access to clean water. Imagine what that means for these very poor families.