El Negrito-Honduras-Global Giving –Update June 26, 2012 (rev 1)
In April, 2012, EWB/SCFL and EWB/USA discussed the submittal of the final design, the changed scope of the project, issues with NGO and security. The interchange of information was very positive and the way forward was very clear.
On our assessment trip to El Negrito, the assessment team included EWB/SCFL, the mayor of El Negrito and personnel from the municipality. Field trips and subsequent discussions undertaken by the team concluded that of the five water supply systems currently in place only one, the Pijol system had sustainability potential. Preliminary calculations on the supply capacity and a study of the population growth were carried out. The team unanimously agreed that the Pijol system with its twenty two kilometers of pipeline should be upgraded and with the addition of a 250,000 gallon water storage tank should be the target for development.
In support of the design, the mayor was asked to undertake the route survey of the pipeline and the plot plan of the 250,000 gallon tank site. A complete report of this assessment trip was submitted to EWB/USA in October 2010.
Since the assessment trip we have had several discussions with the mayor and met with him on his visit to Miami.
The current situation is that, commencing at source, only three kilometers of pipeline was surveyed. The tank site has not been acquired nor surveyed.
The final design is based on the noted three kilometers. It was noted that this reduced scope will be beneficial to the near needs of the El Negrito population. Eventually, as there is significant rise in the population, the system will need to be re evaluated.
EWB/USA accepted the explanation and suggested that we should submit the design in conformity with the provisions of their forms 524 and 525.
Currently, we are completing form 524. It requires remodeling the information we already have and should be finalized by mid July. At that time EWB/SCFL will review the content and make the final design submittal to EWB/USA.
Form 525 essentially outlines a preconstruction trip to El Negrito. It is being reviewed.
EWB/USA and EWB/SCFL discussed the reported security issues in Honduras and as a consequence the withdrawal of NGOs.
EWB/USA urged us to seek a new supporting NGO in Honduras and be very mindful of the security issues.