Clean, Fresh Water for Oltorotua at Last!

On May 28, U.S. Rotarians involved in digging the well and I received an e-mail from Jackson that read:

We have run from far and just about to finish the race!!!!
On behalf of OLTOROTUA residents, I would like share with you the HAPPINESS and JOY from Oltorotua.
Now we are fetching clean water from the borehole.

Here are the photos he sent to prove it!

Delivery of the new 3″ diameter HDPE (high density polyethylene) water main.

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At last the water tank is inserted into the storage pedestal.

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And, from Steve King, here’s how it all works:

When the job is finished the DC powered submersible pump will be suspended about 65 meters below ground on a pipe (column) that will be connected to the ground storage tank. About 2′-3′ below the surface the vertical pump column will be connected to a horizontal pipe that will be laid 2′-3′ underground from the well to under the base of the water storage tank pedestal.  From the horizontal pipe below the tank pedestal a 90 degree elbow will be install so a vertical pipe can be installed through and out the top of the pedestal. The horizontal pipe will then be connected to the storage tank for the purpose of filling it with water. A different 3″ diameter pipe will be connected to the bottom of the water storage tank. It will extend vertically down through the tank pedestal and be connected to the new horizontal 3″ diameter water main that the villagers will construct to the dry borehole sites 1.6 kilometers away. Water filling stations will be connected to the new water main next to the elevated water storage tank, as well as at the dry well sites. A 5,000-liter storage tank will also be connected at the other end of the water main for the purpose of providing additional storage during periods of heavy use, as well as an emergency backup water supply if the water main should ever break.

The villagers will get their water after it goes through the storage tanks.  Once the system is completed, I have recommended that the water be periodically tested for bacteriological contamination, because anytime you store water you run the risk of contamination from exposure to air and by contamination of the piping. Should this become a problem, a simple to operate and inexpensive tablet feed chlorination system can be installed on the piping between the well and the elevated storage tank.  That way, all of the water in the water system can be disinfected.

Tank has been set on top of the pedestal and connected to water line from the well.  Looks like they are finishing up connecting the solar panels to the DC powered submersible pump.   This photo was probably taken just before the ladies and children arrived to begin filling their container with clean water from the new well and storage tank.

Jackson titled this photo, “Villagers run to site after getting the message that water is coming out from the well.” And who can blame them? I would have run too! 

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Below is one of my favorite photos. The women are washing clothes in clean water instead of water from a stream also used by cattle or from run-off rain water. Note how clever to hang clean clothes to dry on acacia bushes, which have long thorns that act as clothes pins. So clean, such bright colors!

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I feel such joy! After our 2008 to Kenya I first mentioned to Jackson my concern about his village not having clean water and he replied that digging a well was a dream of his. We have had much help in making his dream come true. I cannot begin to thank everyone but Jackson and I send our love and thanks. In this world of humans our faces have many colors but we have only one race.

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