Jordan Ermilio, Water for Waslala's Director of Water System Engineering, leads a group of Villanova engineering students to the natural spring at Yaro Central.
The Villanova engineering team hikes to the spring at Yaro Central to break ground on the new water system for the rural community of 300 residents.
The team reaches the natural spring, high in the mountains above the neighborhoods of Yaro Central.
Iain Hunt, WfW's project manager in Waslala, works with a Yaro Central resident to pour a bag of cement onto a pile of gravel - materials that will be used to construct the spring intake box.
Students worked together with members of the Yaro central community to mix the gravel and cement.
A team of Villanova students works together to thread one of the galvanized pipes that will be used for the spring intake.
Iain Hunt shows the Villanova engineering students how the pipes will fit together when the spring intake is complete.
Denis Taleno, WfW's mason, sets the location for the front wall and washout pipe for the spring intake box.
Denis pours the cement and gravel mix to create the floor of the spring intake.
Denis smoothes the floor of the spring intake
The Villanova team with Iain and Denis at the end of day 1 of construction
On day 2, Denis begins to build the front wall of the spring intake
The completed front wall, including the piping that will be used to transport the water to the community, and to empty the tank for regular cleaning and maintenance.
Denis begins building the side walls of the intake
Denis works together with community volunteers and Villanova engineering students to build the walls of the intake
The completed front and side walls of the intake. Rocks have been placed directly in front of the spring to prevent some large sediments from entering the tank.
Work begins on the roof of the intake, as well as the framing for the cover
The residents of Yaro Central donate their "sweat equity" to build the system, instilling a sense of ownership of the system in the community.
The spring intake is nearly complete at this point - all that remains is the installation of the cover to seal the intake.
The Villanova engineering students and faculty gather with the WfW team and members of Yaro Central to celebrate a job well done!
The Villanova team with some residents of Yaro Central
Hanging out at home
Girls doing the family wash
Little boy feeding his little brother
Without running water at home, most Waslalan families wash their clothes in the local river. These chores are typically done by the women in the family.
Two girls returning home with buckets of drinking water from the local river. This is the daily reality for families that do not have access to clean drinking water at home: women and children must spend 1-2 hours a day fetching and carrying heavy buckets of water to meet their family's drinking and cooking needs.
A stove at Los Modolos, where the VU students were housed for the week.
Jordan Ermilio, a member of Water for Waslala's Board of Directors, and Jim O'Brien of the Villanova College of Engineering host a meeting with members Water for Waslala's local partner organization, ADIS.
Iain Hunt, project manager of WfW's local partner organization ADIS, in his new office.
Iain's new office doubles as a warehouse for pipes, bags of cement, and other tools of the trade.
In October 2011, Water for Waslala distributed household water filters to 85 households as part of an initial pilot. We are hoping that this technology is effective and well-liked, as it could enable us to provide clean drinking water to Waslalan families at a faster pace.
In water quality tests, these filters have shown to produce high-quality water virtually of contamination.
Nothing like a glass of clean, safe drinking water!
Virginia Leiba, a member of WfW's local Waslalan team, testing the quality of the water from the filter.
These bags of water will be tested for contaminants such as E Coli when the team returns to town.
Virginia testing pre-filtered water for contaminants.