Water at the School

Can you imagine a school without running water? That has been the situation at Colegio Diospi Suyana for much of it’s existence. If you have read our blog you know that the town of Curahuasi has water problems. In our home last week, we received water only one day. In fact we are in Cuzco now  to renew our kid’s passports, but also so we can wash clothes and take showers at leisure. But a school without running water is simply gross. And that has been the case much of the time due to the lack of fair water distribution in town. Thankfully, Diospi Suyana has had success with drilling a well. We are thankful and praise God for his providence. Here is the article from the Diospi Suyana Hospital website.

Success

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Crystal clear water gushes from our well at the school

Email from Peru 2 p.m. CET: The well drilling was stopped at a depth of 71,40 m due to extremely hard solid rock.  The installation of the pipework went smoothly.  At 8 p.m. last night a provisional pump started swilling the well.  An hour later the water was “as clean as possible” so that the filter gravel could be built into the aquiferous layers.  Our own measurements showed that 6,000 litres of water could be pumped in an hour.

Today the pump is going to be installed 5,00 metres lower, as last night everything had to be done very quickly.  The solid rock has made the drill completely useless.  Perhaps will be able to exhibit the drill in the school at some point in the future.  Best regards, Oebele + Udo.

Email from Peru 6:06 p.m. CET: Crystal clear water is now gushing at a rate of 150 litres/min = 9,000 litres/hour and is tasteless.  Greetings, Udo.

Email from Peru 8:19 p.m. CET: I attach two pictures of the drilling head.  The diamonds are totally spent and parts of them are broken away.  Normally they can drill between 500 and 600 metres; in Curahuasi they only managed 70 m.  We were told they were new!  It is impossible to put the diamonds back into the drilling head.  Greetings, Udo

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An hour later the water was almost clean.

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A mountain stream tastes just as good.

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The broken drilling head.

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