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Better access to water through a repaired windmill

Posted Apr 25, 2015

In the Wayúu community, Pichiraure, a windmill had been broken for at least 3 years and only getting worse as time passed by. To make matters worse, the cement water storage tank used to fill up water from the windmill was also falling part.

The community built a primitive manual pump on the well to extract water. As a match to the MWA – Lazos de Aguayuda project, Aguayuda has recently repaired the windmill. A large flexible water storage tank with a capacity of 30,000 liters has been installed adjacent to the windmill, which provides a secure water storage option. From the flexible water storage tank, through gravity, the water flows to a water station where the community can fill up their water containers easily.
Tubing has been installed to pump the water from the windmill both into this new flexible water storage tank and to an existing water basin for the animals. To ensure that the tank does not experience problems with overfilling, an outlet has been added to the entrance tubing which will take effect when the tank is full.

The local community has contributed to the project, building a fence around the flexible water storage tank, ensuring that it is not susceptible to damage from animals and other hazards.

Finally, after 3 long years, the community of 100 people have gained easy and secure access to the water from their well.

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