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SAIWI chapter, Univ Nevada Reno, was constructing the sand filter at San Lorenzo, Chagres, Panama. More than half of the filter has been completed. This will be one of the only functining sand filters in Panama. Materials look adequate and sufficient to complete the filter before the team departs for the US.
UC Berkeley and FPP will work together for a remote implementation plan. Typically the students would travel to Panama, but remote implementation is possible when the scope of work is limited and defined. In these cases if is both economical and cost effective to develop a plan and implement this without a full deployment. Footprint Possibilities Inc is happy to provide this service and it is part of our business model for sustainable program development, follow up, operations and maintenance.
Footprint visited the Embera Puru village in preparation for Michigan Technological University (MTU) visit, which is planned for August 2019. The University will finalize collection of site data and review conditions. A conceptual design is planned for water collection, transmission, treatment and distribution.
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.