Once more, the drought is reaching a crisis point.  The water table has fallen so low, that we can no longer pump the vital water from our well. The men here are conducting some repairs. They discovered, however, that the water level is too low to pump anyway. In addition, our water trucks are having…

  It has been a little while since we updated you on the status of the well and where we are at as far as water solutions.  But, we have by no means been idle.  Here is a brief recap of developments over the past several months:   1. The well: In order to test…

  The pump for the well and the generator to run it have finally arrived and been installed!     They have been set up and running for a couple of weeks now.  We need to keep water running out of the well constantly for a while to help determine the quantity and quality of…

  The Well Project took center stage on the blog over the last couple weeks.  But, friends, there have been many other exciting things happening at the same time.  In our context, investing in people takes on so many different forms.  Let me catch you up on the ways our community has been moving forward,…

  In this photo, people are getting water from the newly dug well on the Lemuel garden land as it is being pumped out to test the water level.

  After spending the weekend with their families in Port-au-Prince, the well drilling team returned to the Plateau on Monday.  They re-blew out the hole that had filled back in on Friday afternoon.  The water continued to gush out, sometimes blowing up in the air!     Initial estimates have us at 30 gal/minute.  It…

    It didn’t take long on Day 4 to get the call:  We’ve hit water! Judy, Ani, and I quickly piled into the car and rushed down to the Lemuel garden land.           The 6″ casing arrived at the site, but there was difficulty, since the hole had filled in again….

  On Day 3, still at Site 1 (TW1-a), the drilling team began putting the 6″ casing down.     They ran into some trouble while trying to put gravel and clay in the hole to block a salty, upper aquifer.  The guys measured and re-measured with incredible patience trying to make sure everything was…

    Day 2 began with blowing out the drilled, 360-ish-foot hole to clear it of debris and allow the water to come up for better testing.     Maxwell (from Northwater) is with us for the drilling process to document soil types and test the water.   (These are soil/rock types pulled from different…

  Although originally slated for Monday afternoon, Day 1 actually turned out to be Tuesday.  We began at Site 1, also known to us as TW-1a (as labeled by the water study done in 2015).     I am by no means a well drilling technician, but I’ll try to give you a basic summary…

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