Here is a fun little video presentation from Agua Yaku in Bolivia. Having seen this firsthand, I can honestly tell you that it doesn’t really go this quickly. :-)

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  1. Marjorie Bennett
    Marjorie Bennett says:

    We were wondering…………….if so many water wells
    need to be drilled, what have the people been drinking up
    til now?

    —just one of those things you think about

    Marge

    • Communications
      Communications says:

      Thanks for the question, Marge!

      People usually resort to available surface water which, because it’s shared with animals, and is usually stagnant, is contaminated with disease or parasites. Alternatively, they are forced to trek long distances to clean sources. Because they are typically on foot, the amount of water that they can carry back with them is limited, so their uses for it are also limited. (For example, what North Americans consider basic hygiene is an extravagance.)

      It also consumes a lot of time, in some cases several hours each day. This isn’t just a matter of convenience — when everything is dependent on daylight hours, this can have a real impact on livelihood.

      A well is a felt need within a community. When it works as envisioned, the community assists in drilling it, understands it well enough to maintain it themselves, and experiences numerous benefits from it.

      That’s a long answer to your short question, but I hope that clarifies the purpose of Agua Yaku a little more thoroughly. :-)

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