The Primero Agua group had the opportunity to partner with Worldwide Heart to Heart in early August 2015 to develop a new water well at the Heart to Heart Children’s Village in Tegucigalpita, Honduras. The Children’s Village had an existing, shallow well that was contaminated with an excessive amount of silt and was in serious need of replacement. Four members of the Primero Agua organization were able to make the trip: Tommy Mouser, Tim Fetterman, Cooper Fetterman, and Jeffrey Albrecht.
The Primero Agua team arrived at the Children’s Village on Saturday, August 1st and, after walking the site with Oscar, it was determined that the new well should be located near the existing, shallow well and water distribution infrastructure. The drill team was quickly able to position the drill rig and utilize the existing water source, which ironically is an essential requirement for the development of a well.
With the assistance of Oscar and his on-site staff, some of the early drilling obstacles were easily overcome, such as access to extra tools and locating chemicals, such as gypsum, to raise the pH of the drilling mud. By the end of Sunday, the team had reached 120 feet deep (over twice as deep as the old well) in a layer of healthy sand with plenty of clean water.
That following Monday, the team completed the essential step of developing the well by blowing out all the waste created during the drilling process. A large compressor blew air down the well for several hours to eject drilling mud along with the fine sediment sources observed in the old well. As a result, the well casing is surrounded by a clean boundary of sand that should prevent the fine sediment entering the well. A bacteria field test proved that the new water source was bacteria free!
Finally, over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, the Primero Agua drill team installed a 1.5 horsepower submersible pump in the well, which (after some troubleshooting) resulted in the production of over 50 gallons per minute of fresh, cool, clean water – enough to provide safe drinking water for the entire Children’s Village.