Purifier Installation

 

March 2014

 

We installed a water purifier in a coffee picking community about 1 1/2 hrs. outside of Matagalpa.

 

 

The location of the purifier is ideal as it lies beside a commuting path for the plantation.

 

Don Luis, our community partner, is familiar with purifiers and helped with set up and taught us a thing or two!

 

 

 

Creating Purifier Platform
Locals carried and placed the heavy volcanic rock locally harvested. The material is cheap and sustainable.
Setting up Tanks
Aislinn helps to haul tanks to the platform.
Setting up Tanks
These tanks are readily available in country.
Intake Pipe
Wayne works on reinforcing the intake pipe which flows from a freshwater source further up the mountain.
Intake Pipe Connection Point
Constructing the Intake Pipe
Garth glues together PVC pipe and valves that will control the intake water flow.
PC Battery Supply
A PC battery supply was obtained through our friend Darrell Adams of MedWater. This is an easy and cheap ($10) way to keep the chlorine generator going if electricity is available.
Constructing the Manifold
Wayne helps to assemble and glue the front manifold which will circulate the water through the chlorine generator.
Chlorine Generator
A closeup up the chlorine generator where the process of electrolysis draws chlorine from table salt and injects it into the water.
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Purifier Repair: June 2013

 

On a recent trip to Matagalpa, Nicaragua, we assisted with the repair of a water purifier that utilizes chlorine generation to kill waterborne pathogens.  This low tech purifier can process large amounts of water in a short period of time.  This particular purifier was placed in an elementary school just outside of Matagalpa by Water Ambassadors Canada.  More information about the purifier can be found at waterstep.org.

         PUMPS

Here we have collected data on hand pumps we have repaired  and converted.  Note that only extensive repairs/conversions  are included here.  We have not documented in detail when a pump received a simple repair such as a chain or handle bearing replacement. 

Pump Data.

Las Mesas, Matagalpa Region,
Nicaragua;  3/19/14
N12d56'21" W86d00'56.5"
 
Rope Pump to India M. II: 60'
Top of casing to h20: 35'
Water Column: 25'
50' PVC pipe
10' sections
Est. # people served: 150

 

Near Puertas Viejas, Sebaco Region, Nicaragua;  3/17/14
N12d36'05.5"W86d03'09.6"
 
Broken India Mark II Repair
Total Well Depth: 200'
Top of casing to h20: 50'
Water Column: 150'
100' PVC Pipe
10' sections
Est. # people served: 60
-thanks to Rick Jenner's training, we were able to fish 100 ft. of sucker rod 200 ft. down
Upper La Corneta, Matagalpa
Region, Nicaragua; 2/27/13
N12d58.207' W086d02.862'

Broken Afridev to India M. II
Total Well Depth: 150'
Top of casing to h20: 27'
Water Column: 123'
60' galvanized steel pipe
10' sections
Est. # of people served: 235
La Corneta, Matagalpa Region,
Nicaragua; 2/26/13
N12d57.928' W086d02.251'

Rope Pump to India M. II
Total Well Depth: 160'
Top of casing to h20: 66'
Water Column: 94'
117' galvanized steel pipe
10' sections; one 3' section
Est. # people served: 175

Yaule, Matagalpa Region, 
Nicaragua; 2/25/13
N12d56.65' W086d00.462'

Rope Pump to India M. II
Total Well Depth: 186.2'
Top of casing to h20: 13.7'
Water Column: 172.7'
100' galvanized steel pipe
10' sections
Est. # people served: 150

Gimballe, Haiti;
7/24/12​
Total Well Depth: 47.9 ft.
Top of casing to h20: 29.6 ft.
Water Column: 18.3 ft.
44 ft. of metal pipe
Repair Activities:
-put in new cylinder
-added 4 extra ft. of pipe
Gravlo Mey, Mirebalais, Haiti;
7/24/12
Total Well Depth: 32.11 ft.
Top of casing to h20: 25 ft.
Water Column: 7.11 ft.
31 ft. of metal pipe
Repair Activities:
-rebuilt cylinder
-21 new ft. of pipe
 
Domon, Haiti; 7/23/12​
Total Well Depth: 30.7 ft.
Top of casing to h20: 16.7 ft.
Water column: 14 ft.
28 ft. of metal pipe
Repair Activities:
-new cylinder
-put 3 ft. of pipe with a screen under cylinder to get further into water column

 

Foyer Coeur de Pitie Orphanage; outside Mirebalais, Haiti; 7/23/12
Total Well Depth: 14.7 ft.
Top of casing to h20: 31.9 ft.
Water Column: 7 in.
Suction PVC pump
Repair Activities:
-cleared plastic bag out of bottom check valve
only works in rainy season; probably draws from river very close by during rise in water table, easily contaminated
Dramane, Grand Boukan, Haiti;
7/22/12
Total Well Depth:  121.4 ft.
Top of casing to h20: 45.7 ft.
Water Column: 75.7 ft.
90 ft. of PVC pipe
Repair Activities:
-removed some bad pipe
-rebuilt cyclinder

Perpetual Secour Catholic Church; Feja, Haiti; 7/21/12
Total Well Depth: 74.6 ft.
Top of casing to h20: 31.9 ft.
Water Column: 42.7 ft.
55 ft. of metal pipe
Repair Activities:
-rebuilt cylinder
-added one pipe section
-adapted sucker rod for better fit into chain; 7/16 to 12mm