Water Wells in Bolivia

On 2012/03/07, in Water, by waterhaiti

Jason Brink of our team returned recently from developing water supplies in Bolivia.  In portions of Bolivia desert conditions or a lack of rain in mountainous regions can lead to a shortage of potable water. In other areas of the country water from springs or rivers is a great distance from villagers’ homes.  Village women are tasked with the responsibility of collecting water and bringing it back to their homes. This process can take up to several hours per day and include several miles of walking. In some situations children are given this task which sometimes results in their inability to attend school.

We drilled wells for orphanages and churches in difficult to reach locations. Wells were drilled with simple technologically appropriate tools which could be transported by a pickup truck, small airplane, or small boat. Manual hand pumps were installed in the wells when, in most cases, electricity was unavailable.

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