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Helping in Haiti

It seems a long time back to the 12th of January 2010, the day that catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. This earthquake, which measured approximately 7.0 on the Richter Scale, left behind it a trail of destruction affecting approximately 3 million people including many dead, injured and homeless.

The response from around the world was swift with many countries and organizations pledging humanitarian aid and funds while dispatching teams of rescuers, medics and engineers to the country. It was imperative to get water and electricity up and running again and communication systems as these were severely damaged and were hampering rescue efforts.

Map of Haiti showing the epicenter of the earthquake

The school at Les Cayes

At Hose Solutions we also felt compelled to do our bit for the people of Haiti and we spoke to a local charity that was working in the area. They run a school and an orphanage in the Les Cayes area which is in the South East area of the island.

The school wanted to install a new well to pump fresh water and we donated the Boreline Flexible Drop Pipe to be used in this well.

Drill rig completing the well

The above picture shows the drilling rig completing one of the wells in the background. To this point a hand dug well was used and later a surface driven pump which was diesel driven. The problem was the accessibility of fuel to run the system and the reliability of that type of pump.

Their new approach is to go with solar pumps and Boreline. In this way fuel is not an issue and the pump and pipe offer a zero maintenance option, unlike that of rigid pipe.

Installing solar panels

To be most efficient, solar panels should face the sun as directly as possible.

First Solar very kindly donated the solar panels for the wells.

Pump ready for installation

An advantage of the Boreline is that it is available in one continuous length which makes it very easy to install and retrieve.
In this case, the pump can be installed by hand without the need of a pump rig.

Boreline expands diametrically during operation. This means that even lower insolation, or sunlight intensity, can get water moving through the Boreline. This is very important to ensure the pump is operational in even very low sunlight.

Travis adding the final touches to the solar panels

Haiti is north of the equator so the panels will face south but it is also essential when installing panels to make sure that there are no trees and other potential sun blockages.

The ideal item to have would be a solar tracker which allows the panels to move according to the sun but these are sometimes not practical.

Water filtration system

All ground water being pumped will pass through the water filtration system to ensure it is to potable water standards.

This system uses reverse osmosis which ensures all impurities are removed from the water.

Life grows where water flows.

An entire community benefits from healthy living conditions brought about by access to potable water and clean sanitary conditions.

Transporting produce to market, baking bread for the community, parents going back to school and happy, healthy kids.

     
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