|The local Malawian villagers, fetching water (note that it's|
often predominantly the women and children who are tasked
with fetching water in African culture).
To date, they had installed about the first 33km (20 miles) of the pipeline, which would serve about 4,000 people. However, for some reason, the pipeline has been fraught with problems from the outset with no reliability in the system. In fact, the main trunk line had been installed twice and still wasn't working much of the time. The EMI team was called in to help solve the problems with this first section - a daunting task to pinpoint a problem in a 33km section of pipe!
|Simple things like installing improper supports for the|
pipe can compromise even the best designed system .
|Whether installing the pipeline or performing repairs,|
all materials must be carried into the jungle -
often several miles away from the supply store.
|Even the generator to power the welding machine has to|
be carried in.
It was a miraculous failure really, as it pin-pointed the problem for the team early on and allowed them to focus on potential solutions. It was decided that a pressure-reducing holding tank was needed to take the pressure out of the main line at the bottom of the incline - pressures that were calculated to be as high as 400psi (by comparison, a 4" PVC pipe would normally be able to withstand up to 110psi).
|The burst pipe.|
|Another leak in the pipe.|
I love EMI projects like this, where the distance between our work and the felt need is very small. And, in working with a 'big fish' like World Vision, it's exciting to see word of EMI begin to reach some of the major players in world missions. After this trip, World Vision has already contacted us about helping them with two more WASH (Water and Sanitation Hygiene) projects!
You can be praying for EMI in these endeavors - as World Vision's Malawi country director Robert Kisyula put it, "I know the enemy is against you being here, because there is nothing that helps bring people out of poverty like access to clean water."
|The clean water source in one village, fed by the pipeline.|