El Salvador

BACKGROUND

The tiny village of La Cumbre Del Olvido, literally meaning “The Summit of Oblivion,” is home to about 32 families, a population of roughly 210 people. Oblivion is the state of being forgotten or unknown, and as the name suggests, this village is extremely isolated.

Most of the villagers are subsistence farmers, meaning whatever is planted and harvested is consumed by the farmer and his family, leaving nothing to be marketed and sold for other basic needs. The area has a six month rainy season followed by a six month dry season. The dry season is detrimental to these farmers and their families as the only stream used for drinking dries up.

With the team arriving at the village as dry season was approaching, it was imperative that they get a well up and running as soon as possible. However, there were two red flags that the team knew could pose significant problems. First, the soil is mostly made up of volcanic rock and red clay. Second, there are few flat areas posing major drilling problems and water runoff issues.

After three days, nearly 20 hours of drilling, and travelling to three different site locations, the solid, impenetrable rock prevented the successful installation of a bore well. On the final day of the trip, team members provided the locals with a training class explaining the equipment to complete the drilling process and how to install the water pump. However, due to the soil conditions, a bore well will be nearly impossible to install without a proper solid rock breaking tool that is the full diameter of the bore hole which would allow proper clearance.

Facts

El Salvador

Solid rocks prevented drilling at that time

Training class on the equipment and setup

Projects in this region

EXP-50 testing, New latrine with 5 toilets for school, Attempted digging wells in a rocky dry region, Wells, Water Technologies Training, Radio tower set-up, Medical Clinics

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Lives Touched

El Salvador 2013-2015

The tiny village of La Cumbre Del Olvido, literally meaning “The Summit of Oblivion,” is home to about 32 families, a population of roughly 210 people. Oblivion is the state of being forgotten or unknown, and as the name suggests, this village is extremely isolated.