Water is Life: Part 2

September 26, 2018  

Ron Voller coordinated with Paper Fig staff on the ground to employ local people to engineer and build everything for the water project.

“Rather than tapping into national or international organizations, which you can find, we wanted to use people on the ground,” said Voller. It’s in keeping with the mission of Paper Fig: to empower a community holistically.

First, they compiled a list of the necessary materials: a tank, a spigot, a tap from the national grid, gutters, and a filtration system. Then they got quotes from the community for labor, pitched it to the Paper Fig Board, and got to work.

The gutter system was put up on the eves of the roof of the health center to capture rain water and direct it into the holding tank. The tank itself, which holds 10,000 liters and is six feet in diameter and eight feet high, is made of cement, brick, and waterproof paint. An insulated roof keeps the water from getting too warm, and a pipe runs down the side of the tank, down the hill, and back out of the ground, where a spigot can be turned to access water.

“That’s the rainy season system,” said Voller.

During the dry season, another pipe runs over the hill and connects to the national grid. An engineer with a solar powered pump will come up to the health center and pump water up the hill to the tank.

“So now you’ve got it mosquito free, in a place where it can collect and be sorta clean,” said Voller. “You can wash your hands with it, wash your appliances. But the next phase is the filtration system.”

Find out about the locally sourced filtration system Paper Fig is using, and how you can help families access healthy drinking water for just $25, by checking back in on Friday.