The Save Water | Give Life team from Weathermatic worked side-by-side with village residents and Living Water International to drill a clean water well.
The most recent Save Water | Give Life trip traveled to Nicaragua in February, returning home on Valentine’s Day. Before SW|GL provided a well for this community, their nearest source of clean water was over a mile away, each direction. Residents often chose to draw from a contaminated water source that was close by, rather than make the long journey every day.
Despite meticulous planning, complications are a regular occurrence when drilling water wells. On this trip, the team had drilled down 25 feet when they hit water – not a good thing, in this case. The water was a shallow aquifer with lots of silt, so it was safe but not clean enough to drink. The aquifer made the drill hole keep collapsing and the drill head got stuck a number of times. The team had to work continuously through the night to keep the hole from caving in.
Halfway through the week, they finally drilled deep enough to get clean water. Although the shallow aquifer had made progress slower and work more difficult, it also created an unusual opportunity for bonding with the village children. The well had to be flushed until the water coming out of it was clean, so for the first time in their lives, the community had water to “waste”. In 87 degrees and 70% humidity, someone tossed a helmet full of water and launched a water fight that got the whole team and most of the local kids involved. Experiences like this will be etched into the memories of every team member.