Friday, January 30, 2009

Pictures of Bakang



Above are folks getting water from the water tanks we installed last time. The system works great! The tanks are behind the inner fence you see. The Water Committee had the fences built to protect everything.

Above on the left you see Taylor taking a water sample from the location I mentioned last post (he's also apparently walking on water). This is close to where we hope to have a well drilled, far up the road from our solar panel location in rest of these pictures.

Above, you see our filter team with the mold for our next water filter. The mason mixes the concrete in the standard way, and the mold is filled already. This was two days ago and we have now removed the exterior mold section. The filter team is having problems separating the interior mold and were interrupted by the necessity of putting out a fire (not metaphorically!) in the grass by the school. After that we were distracted by a party breaking out as students finished school and the drums and ballaphone appeared - pictures next time. So we hope to get the mold apart, somehow, tomorrow, when we can concentrate.

ok, here's the solar panel installation - also protected now by an attractive barrier. Not visible in the lower right is a small opening that Andrew could barely crawl through (missed a good picture there) but he was able to remove the solar logger so we have now offloaded all the solar data since last June. Also note Nura, the fantastic Peace Corps volunteer of Bamendjou, standing next to Alyssa. The locals get the two of them mixed up, quite understandably.

Below is a better view of the panels. We need to make sure they get dusted off during nthe dry season, but even with a good layer of dust and dirt they put out enough power to keep the tanks filled (2000 liters).
Here are the filter guys surrounded by excited kids. Andrew, Tyler, Taylor, and Steve had just finished rinsing out their filter sand....obviously, school had let out! After this pic there was a rousing game of soccer in the village intersection.


And finally, here's Tyler's photo of me after taking the above picture. Everybody wants a look at themselves!

Today we are also busy with the geohydrology study - DC resistivity combined with Tony's map - we have confirmed a very nice fault along the road in upper Bakang, where the chief also agrees that a productive borehole well could serve a lot of people who are far from clean water (see picture #1 above).
We're far from done here. I'm posting this from the Piarist mission computer but we have more on today's to-do list. We'll post again soon (some of the students, j'espère). Thanks for all your support!
Dr. Steve



59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! Keep them coming!

-Rachael V.

Taylor's Dad said...
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Anonymous said...

Thank you for the ongoing posts detailing your trip. Viewing the photos and seeing everyone was an extra bonus for us at home. It is the next best thing to being there! We are so proud of all of you! Stay safe and well.

t monioudis (steve's mom) said...

Hi Steve , the previous post was from me. Can't wait to hear all about your adventures. Stay safe and well.

Larryde said...

Hey Steve, been watching your pictures and postings take some more close-ups with you and the other kids, see you soon, have fun.
Aunt Sheila

Uncle Larry

Olivia M. said...

This is excellent. waow. I'm impressed by the effort the villagers are equally putting into the project. the fence is on point, the solar panel is great, and the picture of the kids brings me so much joy. Thank you so much for posting the pictures. Can't express enough my inside delight! merci beaucoup.

Anonymous said...

Hello Team UD-EWB,
Steve the Solar Guy here, and I am not happy about what I saw in the photo of the modules. It was the dirty "S" word, meaning SHADOWs. Please have them cut down the long extensions of the fence posts sticking up. A "thin" shadow like that can reduce a module output by 10% easy. There were several modules with shadows-that adds up to over 10% losses. Just say "NO" to shadows. Otherwise, excellent work all. Steve Hegedus

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