Well Update

You’d think I would get a lot done during the two weeks awaiting the birth of my first great-grandchild. I did. But I had fun with family, who made travel plans based on dr.’s estimated due date. Like all babies, Olivia Hope Wiesman, 7 lbs., arrived on her own time schedule, Oct. 22. She is, of course, gorgeous. You see her here with four generations: granddaughter Jen holding Olivia, daughter Hope, and me. (I think Hope looks young enough to be Jen’s sister but don’t tell her I said so.)

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Other great news is that the wells are moving forward—and soon downward! Here’s where we are:

  • Have you noticed I haven’t posted photos in quite a while? I was getting nervous because Jackson’s camera is not syncing with his computer.  He phoned (something we don’t often do because of cost) to say he has a work-around and promises photos of the well-digging process.
  • The money to fund the digging of the wells and the public health training has been sent to the Nakuru-Great Rift Valley Rotary Club, which is providing oversight for the project. Lauren Murrell, Rotary Regional Grants Payment Coordinator, confirmed the payment.
  • Nakuru Rotarian Catherine Obimo has already met with hydrogeologist Dan Odero, who will write the contract bids specifications, evaluate the offers and recommend selection of the well (bore hole) drilling contractor that, in his professional opinion, can properly perform the work for the best price.
  • Catherine told Jackson that on October 31 she would talk with Nakuru club members on starting the project immediately.
  • (Note:  Here I quote Steve King, whose knowledge of water systems I rely on to pass the correct information to you.)  “Once drilling takes place we will learn more precisely how deep the water bearing sediments (aquifer) are located below the village.  We will also learn whether or not a confining layer of impermeable sediments exist above the water bearing sediments (aquifer).  If present, a confining layer will protect the aquifer from surface contaminants, as well as perhaps create enough pressure to make the aquifer artesian.  If the aquifer is artesian, this would cause the water level in the new wells (bore hole) to rise above the depth of the aquifer and make pumping water from the wells easier.”
  • (Note: Here I quote Jackson, since it is not quite how an American would say it. Love the wording!) Dan Odero has already drafted “an advert to be gazetted next week for bidding.”

Jackson sent his thanks to everyone here in the US and reported, “Everyone in the village is happy to hear the good news!” To which Tim Winter, with the Fredericktowne Rotary, replied, “YEAH!” I think everyone here is giddy that Oltorotua villagers will soon see boreholes being drilled.

You’ll see here a photo of family and Oltorotua villagers at the Initiation Ceremony of Jackson’s brother Miton.  Notice that this was taken during the dry season. Let’s hope digging can get done before the long rains come again.

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