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Concrete

Wednesday and Thursday were a blur, as we plan to complete and turn on the water system unofficially on Friday, with a community ceremony on Monday to officially turn on the taps. Our system is pretty basic, but the challenges of site accessibility, altitude, and communication (say, between someone testing a tap and someone at a water tank) mean that working out all the kinks is very time- and energy-consuming. 

The overall system is as follows: two spring catchment walls that capture water trickling and weeping out of the mountainside; a collection box to allow sediment to settle out of the water; 1.5″ HDPE pipe to take the spring water down to a 600 gallon tank; two tapstands below tank 1; a second 600 gallon tank below these taps; and three additional tapstands below tank 2. 

Wednesday we worked fast to complete concrete forms, rebar cages, plumbing, and drainage at each tapstand (see below for a partially-completed tapstand), and by the end of Wednesday the community had poured concrete for all five tapstands. 

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Theoretically, Thursday should have been relatively straightforward with only the collection box connections and leak checking as the remaining tasks. It did not turn out to be so easy.

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