In partnership with the people of Chipozo, we are getting closer to their dream of having safe drinking water readily available year round. In our last report we described our design and the construction of two cement water tanks and preparations and procurement of materials for 3 km of piping over rough terrain including crossing the main road twice. The piping has been laid from the lower tank to the upper tank and down to the 10 tapstands throughout the village! On to Phase 3. Phase 3 will include purchase and installation of a solar array, and a pump in the lower tank to complete the system.
We successfully relied on the ingenuity and perseverance of our in-country NGO partner to overcome supply chain issues with the metal pipe. The municipality provided major assistance including the use of an excavator to enable running the pipe under the road and along the edge of the road through the village. EWB-RTP has generated a detailed Request for Proposal for the solar pump system, and has discussed the project with several Guatemalan vendors.
As you can see from the photos, Phase 2 was a team effort that required not only engineering and project management by Engineers Without Borders , but also a tremendous amount of volunteer labor from the community. Chipozo has a Water Committee in place to manage the finances and operation and maintenance of the system and all are anxious to see it in service. But, the start of Phase 3 depends on us acquiring the funds to purchase the solar pump. Donations to the project are critical to enabling Phase 3. Since there is no grid electricity available, solar power is the only way to pump the fresh water from the lower tank to the upper distribution tank (distance of 1100m and elevation of 170m).
EWB-RTP and the indigenous Mayan village of Chipozo, Guatemala are building a system to bring clean drinking water to all of Chipozo. With accessible potable water, children can spend more time in school and families more time at work instead of seeking or carrying water and dealing with water-borne disease.
Chipozo is a remote, rugged, high region with no viable drinking water sources. Our needs assessment told us families spend about 6 hours a week retrieving drinking water. The water table is much too low to build wells. People find small springs kilometers from town, get muddy water from local sources, or use rain catchment (in season). Our project will enable the community and EWB to eliminate gastrointestinal illness and redirect human resources and school time now spent obtaining clean water.
Chipozo requested help from EWB-RTP to design (and fund) a water delivery system to bring water from a distant year-round spring to the community. There is no electrical power available in the remote area near the spring. EWB-RTP designed a system that includes a collector at the spring, a holding tank next to the spring with a pump installed inside, a photovoltaic (solar panel) system to power the pump, a pipeline from the lower tank to an upper distribution tank, and gravity-fed distribution system from the tank to 10 tapstands.
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