Friday, January 11, 2013

Dr. Steve reflects, plus a couple pix!

We’re doing it.  On Monday, we officially hand over the water system to the community. There will be a big shebang, for sure. The town officials are tense and keep asking us if the reservoir will be full on Monday when everybody arrives (the answer is yes).  Tomorrow, all FOUR water committees will be out in force, cleaning up the neighborhoods in expectation of all the government officials who will be here.  Banners will be hung across the roads and the school may even get a coat of paint.  Our system is gaining recognition as a crucial resource in the dry seasons, when it’s the only open source of potable water for many miles, remarkable for villages that aren’t even on the electrical grid.  We’re told it’s being looked at as a potential model for other areas in Cameroon. We’ve done something special, and you, our members, alumni, parents, and financial supporters, should be very proud.

As planned, we’re putting the finishing touches on the system.  Ramsey has already given you the details.  Just a couple pix here, ‘cuz the internet is pretty non-existent.

Here’s a cool thing Ramsey brought, being demonstrated by Erica and Mike. Ramsey is down the hill in Balatsit with an AM exciter attached to the wire comes up the hill to a float switch in the tank, to tell the pump when to shut off. To tell if it’s connected, and even where there might be a disconnection underground, Erica listens to a beep – beep-beep sound with a little AM radio. Mike is talking to Ramsey, telling him yes, we have a good connection. Bravo! On the Bakang side though, we found a place we have to dig up to reconnect.  But hey, we would have to dig up the whole thing without this gizmo!
Mike and Erica using the wire exciter and AM radio
This other picture is the inside of our 20,000 liter water reservoir at the school. There is a LOT of water pouring in, because all three wells are busy sending it up.  We re-did the float switch setup inside the tank to make maintenance easier, as also shown.  This tank supplies water for lots of folks!

The inside of the ferrocement tank.
So that’s where we are. Friday is a big work day for everybody and we will try to relay news to you asap!

As Julie says - Peace, Love, and EWB  !

- Dr. Steve


Julie said...

Dear EWBers,

Thank you so much for keeping us up-to-date on the latest trip to Cameroon. Reading your blog posts makes me so very, very proud to be an alumnus of the University of Delaware, and ESPECIALLY PROUD to be an alumnus of EWB-UD. From all the EWB-UD alumni all over the country/world, let me say THANK YOU, for making our dreams come true. When I met Olivia Mukam 6 years ago, I’m not sure I could’ve even dreamed that Dr. Steve might one day say that our project was being looked at as a model for sustainable potable water projects in other areas of Cameroon. WOW! Thank you for your commitment, for the long nights, for the problems encountered and overcome, for all that it takes to do what you are doing. You all are my heroes. Forever … peace, love and EWB.


sam said...

Ditto Julie's comment!!!! Keep rockin' it EWBers!!!!! What an axing accomplishment!

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