News, 29 Dec 2012What does a Water Project Look Like?

Project “Gulinten II” – W A T E R !!!  Rich Foss reports about his recent visit to the village of Gulinten, in far east Bali, to start the water project.  It is the beginning of the rainy season and villagers are most happy to end one of the driest seasons in recent years.

Currently villagers have to trek for hours to collect water from a spring.  When the project is finished, water will be pumped up one kilometer from a fresh water spring.  A large concrete tank will then distribute to water to 4 plastic tanks on all sides of the hill to about 44 families (or about 250 – 350 people).  Each of the four tanks are strategically placed to serve about ten families.

Rich does reconnaissance up the hill…

    The families will come to the central tank to not only collect water, but to share news and local gossip with friends, so it is also a social gathering place.  No more trekking for hours to bring home the water.

    This project is a grand collaboration –  funded by RC Bridgetown in Australia and RC Colorado Springs InterQuest RC, with Bali Ubud Sunset as the International Host club.

    Sustainability for the project centers on the fact that this is a village project.  The banjar intends to collect small hook-up fee from the families who will be served.  In addition IDR 4,000 per month (about US 40 cents) will be collected from each family and held at the banjar for the purchase of fuel for the pump and for maintenance of the system.  A person will be trained on pump maintenance and will be responsible to the banjar for routine maintenance of the system.

    Project Committee:  Ketut Ping Suardana, RC Bali Tirta Gangga; Wayan Kaler Suyanta, RC Bali Ubud Sunset; Richard Foss, RC Colorado Springs Interquest

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