Open the Faucets!

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Our first water tower in San Antonio (on the left) was concrete and about 4m high. The new one is metal and the platform is about 9.5m high.
Water is running in San Antonio!

The new community water tower is complete!

Four years ago, the government provided plans and laid pipe alongside the dirt roads of the community so each household would be able to access the waterline. Unfortunately, the plans and piping were all the government had provided at the time. The community needed a water tower and tank in order to actually get water to each house.

Two years after the pipe was installed, the community saved enough money to buy materials and build the foundation for the tower.

Slowly, they were working towards their goal.

Last year, a donor gave San Antonio a 15,000L water tank!

Now, the only part left was the tower. The tower had to be high enough to provide the pressure to push the water to all the houses. A tower like that couldn’t be made out of concrete like the one we built in 2009. The last item on their list was the most daunting because it was something that the community couldn’t build on their own. A subcontractor would need to be hired, a tower fabricated and a crane rented to complete the water project.

The families in San Antonio work hard. The land is dry and difficult to farm. Their houses are an eclectic mix of whatever material they could afford or find (bamboo, cement, sheet metal, palms, wood, plastic, etc.). They govern their community with a board of elders and, slowly but surely, tackle projects to help make their community a better place.

I really enjoy being an advocate for communities like San Antonio. I am able to connect them and their stories to individuals in the States who would otherwise never know of this small, 250-person community. Last year, I wrote about San Antonio and their need for the water tower (and latrines) in the “Gift a Goat & MORE!” campaign. We reached our funding goal and part of those funds were used to hire a subcontractor, buy a tower and rent a crane for San Antonio to complete their water project.

This was a wonderful group effort! The community of San Antonio, Government of Guazacapan, Donors from the States, Local non-profits, Churches, Ministry of Operation Jabez and Hydromissions all working at different points, over 4 years, in order that today, San Antonio has access to water at each house!

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There is a concrete foundation that has been waiting 2 years for the tower. The community leader was really emotional when he was explaining how long they have been waiting to complete the water project and how happy he was that we were finally able to start the tower construction.

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We hired a subcontractor who rented this crane for the tower assembly process.

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Here we go…

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So exciting!

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Moving the 15,000L tank closer to the crane to place it on the tower platform.

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The sugarcane fields were burning for a couple days during our pipe installation. Made for smokey days and smokey photos.

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Installing the pipe.

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I was actually up to the top and down the ladder a few times before this photo was taken. When it was decided that I should be in a photo with the tower, I opted to only climb back up halfway. The metal ladder rungs were getting hot 🙂
***The latrines are progressing well. I just wanted to focus this post on the water tower, which is why I didn’t share latrine photos. Stay tuned! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Open the Faucets!

  1. Wonderful news! So happy to see the photos and how HE has blessed you and the community with the water tower. GOD is forever faithful!

  2. Praise God, Cait, for the successful completion of this project and for the blessings that that freshwater will provide to this community. Congratulations on the completion of the successful project! Hope all is going well. Love you!

    Best Regards,

    Kathy Carlin | (310) 405-4593 (C) | 92283 (P) Application Manager, Professional Billing | ISS | CareConnect

  3. Excellent lesson in different sectors of society working together to accomplish good, worthwhile works. Too bad it took so long, but it is therefore that much more appreciated.

  4. If this was here in NJ, you would still be doing plan revisions for site plan approval. Great job!

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