We got 1 point for breaking into a great source of water a couple days ago, but we couldn’t hold the lead long and Panama tied us by pouring rain last night/drizzle all day today that altered how we develop the well. Around 6pm, Panama took the lead with another point by releasing swarming termites … More Panama: 2; Water Team: 1
I have been quite the slacker in terms of keeping you all updated on what I have been doing lately regarding water-related projects. Sorry! I travelled to Grand Rapids, MI for an international development conference a few weeks ago. I took a course for certification in disaster response building inspection for earthquake and flood damaged … More What can YOU do with a bicycle tire?
I am writing from yet another airport terminal. This time I am in Philadelphia waiting to depart for Kentucky. I am heading to Louisville to take a water hand pump repair course with an organization called Edge Outreach. Although I took pump repair a few years ago and have built some pumps out in the … More Allergies & Edge
We needed to make gaskets for the rope pump so we used a 1/2 inch pipe (with sharped edges) to punch out small rubber “gaskets.” It was tedious (and painful) work but we took turns and cut out over 100 gaskets for the pump.
We could not find any parts to make a typical piston type pump so we made a rope pump here in the village.
One of the tasks I was really insecure about was constructing a pump. Hydromissions constructs a bailer bucket but not always a pump since they are much more difficult to produce with the limited materials typically available in villages. I was sort of hoping we would not have to construct a pump since I wasn’t … More Lift Pump