Our first task was to find
out what was going on with the water flow from the spring. We
found that water was flowing at the spring head, but the first water
station was not flowing at all. This water station had been a
major source the year before. We also found that a number of
"leaks" had developed in the pipe where erosion had exposed it.
On leak was clearly a hole cut in the pipe to allow access to the
So we started some
"forensic plumbing" and after a hard days digging at the first water
station we exposed the PVC pipe. As we were working with a piece
of PVC pipe it broke off right at the connection and we thought - what
a dumb mistake! However, it was a God ordained mistake because we
could then see that there was a plastic soda bottle IN THE PIPE!
How it got there nobody knew, but it turned out to be the cause of the
blockage. So we then had to cut out the main pipe to extract the
offending bottle, patch all the "leaks" and then put the system back
in service. We had also bought a gallon of strong bleach to kill
the bacteria at the spring head.
Repaired pipe to the first
The men from the village
were very innovative plumbers - they were hard working and had a
lot of good ideas
Water finally started
flowing at the water stations ...
... and then EVERYBODY started to show up
Los Palis water committee and 4 members of the
The water committee getting briefed by Joe
Volpe, EWB team leader
It was impressive to see
how involved the local community was in the project. The local
water committee was receptive to their responsibilities for
maintenance and EWB committed to additional help as needed.
Even though EWB is not a
religious organization, it was interesting to see how God put this
group together. One of the members had served as a missionary
for 2 years in Germany with the Baptist Church and another was the
spiritual leader at his churche's discipleship program. So we had
prayer each morning before starting work and we dedicated the
project to God when the water finally started flowing.
So once again, God has
been glorified through the wonderful gift of clean, abundant water.