Nicaragua - El Llanito
EWB-SFP/UC Berkeley Project: Water pumping, storage, and distribution system for existing well EL Llanito, Nicaragua
The Nicaraguan El Llanito project recently conducted an Assessment trip. We are throughly pleased with the high productivity of the existing 100' well. In the coming months, we will be working on the design for a pump and distribution system to bring water to the broader community. Donations to this project are very much needed to support the field work ahead. Please send your contributions to ewb-sfp.org/makeadonation/ El Llanito project.
During August 2014 ATDT composting toilets deployment, our NGO partner, Alcance Nicaragua showed us an existing well and suggested a new project
Development of a water pumping, storage, and distribution system based on the well has been a community priority for some time. The well site is is located near the fork in the road to the community of El Llanito
The EWB-SFP Executive Council agreed, and we’ve worked with the community and Alcance Nicaragua to develop their 501 project application which was approved by EWB-USA
EWB-SFP 502 application was approved by EWB-USA and we are working on our Pre-Assessment submittal in the new PAWS system
We are partnering with the UC Berkeley student chapter.
The well has been in use for several years. The well drilling and manual pump was done by a government agency
People from the nearby municipality of Santa Lucia come to get water from the well during dry periods, when their community water system does not provide adequate water. This well always has had adequate water
There is a nearby hill with a place that can be leveled to locate storage tank(s). It is owned by a member of the community group in charge of the water distribution project
Addition of a submersible electric pump, a line to an elevated storage tank, and a gravity distribution system would allow water to be pumped, stored, and distributed for use
Electrical power lines run alongside the road close to the edge of the property where the well is located
The community group in charge of the water distribution project owns the property around the well, including an access pathway to the road
The community group that is already managing the existing well and site improvements is a key advantage for the success of a project to pump, store, and distribute water from the well. They have a water board-like structure in place to manage the investment and operation and maintenance of the system
Alcance Nicaragua indicates that with these improvements and distribution system, the well could serve ~1000, rather than the 200 people currently served
SFP/UC Berkeley team to complete and submit Pre-Assessment submittal to get approval to travel
Fundraise for EWB-USA QA/QC fees and future project work
Revise and submit Rotary Global Grant application to fund portion of project
Complete initial site assessment to support development of design alternatives and initiate PMEL program
Execute the rest of the process: complete preliminary design, submit for approval to implement
Implement and monitor first project
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