The main backbone has been completed! It took about 3 months for the community to complete the 4+ kilometers (2.5 miles) of trench that run parallel to the cliffs and to the village. This trench will hold the larger diameter pipe that will distribute water throughout the village. Now, individual neighborhoods will be working to connect their water access points and metered services to the main backbone. We have about 2 months before the rains will become consistent enough to make maintaining the trenches difficult before installing the pipes. We hope to be able to finish about half of the remaining 8km of trenches before June.
We have started the process of installing the pipes going up the cliff face. We are attaching pipe clamps to the cable tray system while also preparing the cliff surface for the installation of the horizontal sections. We will connect the water tank to the pump on the SIM mission station first. We will then fill the tank and pressure test all the connections back to the main distribution manhole. If there are no leaks than we will be able to refill the trenches that have the pipe. We will then proceed from manhole to manhole, installing pipe, testing and back filling as we go.