India Water Usage India tank enclosure residents were using the single tank storage provided by EWB-UCB chapter on Sunday. This tank has served its purpose well and is the only potable water reserve that this area has. Its of course not enough, but the May18 trip will help solve this problem. Two additional tanks are now in place and ready to be connected. Thanks to EWB-UC Berkeley; the residents of San Francisco need, appreciate and use the infrastructure being donated. The effort now is to assist them sustain, maintain, operate and expand this network on their own.
No trip is complete if play does not follow work. The team certainly worked hard and was looking forward to the education portion of the project. This is always included with each trip that the student chapter of the UC Berkeley, EWB USA performs. First was the educational portion of the activity. This included a perennial favorite with children all over the world; coloring with crayons. Different educational images were provided showing how water should be treated, kept safe and used properly.
The effort in the Tortuga area is twofold. One is the mapping of the area using GPS. This will locate the route of the distribution network, the location of the tank enclosures and the potential sites for community capstands or fountains.
Importantly also is that it includes contact with the community. A senses or survey is taken using standardized questions. This is important in order to understand the user base, they’re drinking water situation and general health conditions. All this information is useful for planning.
The community of San Lorenzo continued with the installation of air release valve (ARV) to the water aquifer. Previously air which was trapped in the pipe had to be released manually sometimes by drilling holes into the pipe. The air release valve’s will automatically release this trapped air and allow continuous service of water. The office of the mayor of the city of PANAMA donated 16 valves for this purpose. Their location had been previously determined and the community is now installing the valves after finishing placing all bridges over low lying areas.
The installation of the first air release valve went without incident. Footprints/ EWB-P provided technical support during this process. The bridges were also loaded with water and did not sag or settle. This was originally the biggest problem that the community had. So the combination of the successful crossing of low areas with automatic release of trapped air will improve the delivery of water to the community.
Footprint Possibilities visited the village of San Lorenzo Victoriano on the Chagres river 28 April 2018. The purpose of the trip was to locate the air release valves (ARV) and document the construction of cable pipe bridges which have been erected by the community. Progress has been substantial since our last visi
Thanks go to the Mayors office of the city of Panama, office of community relations. They generously donated all the materials for these bridges including the air release valve. This has been a success so far and we look forward to more progress.
In January 2017 the University of Pittsburg school of engineering provided a detailed final design for a pedestrian bridge over the Mocambo river. This was a 110 foot steel footbridge set on to concrete piers. There was also a survey accomplished to determine cut and fill sections for the north approach. This last week the ministry of public works MOP started work on a pedestrian bridge. How much of the final design will be used depends on the contractor selected and it’s implementation plans. We at Footprint Possibilities Inc, EWB/P and the University of Pittsburgh are happy to see this progress.
The Mocambo river now separates this community from vehicle and bus transportation. The only access to the community is to walk along a limited access highway which has a bridge. This has long been a source of complaint by the government but lacking any other access the community members have walked along the shoulders of a busy highway. This bridge will allow Taxi and light bus service to come to the edge of the community for the first time. At least the residents will be able to have supplies and necessities delivered to the edge of the village. The next step will be to construct a vehicle bridge but this initial progress is much needed