“Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Water Systems …

A few days ago I published a blog here about a town in Ecuador where we built a potable water system in the mid-1980’s, when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer.  It was prompted by an article this week in the New York Times, about the recent death of a young girl from that same town, who died while trying to join her family in the US.

In the mid-1990’s, again living in Ecuador but by then working for Plan International, I prepared this short, layman’s guide to potable water system design and construction.  As it says in the intro, it was “meant for PLAN managers who on occasion need to appear knowledgeable when dealing with engineers, contractors, employees, etc. It focuses on gravity-flow systems; that is, systems without pumps, and does not deal with wells, neither hand-dug nor drilled.”

It’s old, but most of the concepts haven’t changed – water still flows downhill, unless pumped!  And over the years I’ve used the document in a few settings, to help development workers understand the basics of water systems.  I’ve found it to be useful, perhaps it might be handy for you, too…

Water – Everything You Wanted To Know

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