Water Cistern & Solar Pump/Filtration Project, 2015
Nuevo Mundo, Cuba (Sept. 2015)
The Solar Water Filtration and Water Pump Project was implemented in early September,2015, in Nuevo Mundo, Granma Province, Cuba. It is a step in the right direction for the community of Nuevo Mundo, and has set the stage for a deeper trust and future involvement with the families in this and the neighboring colonies who have suffered for a long time from water scarcity, the lack of infrastructure and resulting domestic and economic limitations as well as health problems due to unsafe drinking water.
After a year's worth of research, planning, and equipment testing, excessive transportation costs, frustrating travel delays during which our team of 5 adults and 1 toddler lugged ten oversized boxes of pump equipment from California to Miami, and then to Santiago de Cuba, followed by a week of tedious installation work, we finally installed the water pump and filtration system in a 2,500 gallon water storage cistern built the previous year on the farm of Adelaida Perez Pena, a life-time resident of Nuevo Mundo,. Cuba.
The exciting moment when potable water began to run through the hose for the first time, a collective sigh of relief filled the air as our friends and helpers sprayed each other playfully and laughed with delight, celebrating the journey, the work, and the satisfaction of seeing the manifestation of this one, seemingly small feat.
This cistern and the pump installation is a baby step in the larger scheme of water issues for this isolated, often drought-ridden, rural region of Cuba, but the completion of this initial phase demonstrated to the local community BACCA's commitment to working towards viable long-term solutions, no matter the myriad obstacles encountered along the way.