Edited by board administrator September 20, 2015, 2:04 pm
LaHuerta came through with their promised 6,385 pesos, which we matched with 6,385 pesos. (thru your donations)! We were able to have the 15 HP pump re-built. (see fotos in Part 2). We also bought a respirator (170 pesos) for Morgan for cleaning out the lift station vault (carcamo). We also needed 2 new float switches (the old ones had failed) which Josito installed (1,090 pesos). Josito and others are working on a warning system, so anyone can see if there is a problem with the pumps and can warn the maintenance staff.
We have 5,000 pesos left in our savings account with Tierralegre. We need to make a GANTRY (a hoisting device installed over the carcamo (sewer lift station) so we can raise and lower the pumps for routine maintenance, keeping the waste water flowing out to the treatment plant in Los Ingenos. Other wise we pay 2 fellows 2,000 pesos and 3 days wait each time they set up a tripod to raise and lower the pumps. We are estimating the GANTRY to cost between 12,000 and 20,000 pesos, depending on if used parts can be found.
We also need to excavate and repair the manhole cover that has fallen in between the church and Mayor’s office. We know the sewer collection system is being inundated with ground water, because the carcamo level goes way up at times of rain, when there is little domestic sewage entering the pipeline. So we are pumping ground water out to Los Ingenos, as well as sewage. If we can reduce the infiltration of rain water, we would have less load on the lift station pumps, thus reducing cost as well as being more effective. We don’t know what all is involved in repairing the entire system. We do know we need qualified, knowledgable engineers to conduct tests and propose cost-effective solutions. There are still several improvements that we can make immediately.
It is incumbent on the entire community to be responsible for proper treatment of our own wastewater. The Sewer Committee will not fail to follow thru with asking the government for aid, but in the meantime, while the new administration takes over in October and the budget is presented in January, we’d like to repair the gaping holes in the sewer system so we don’t have black water bubbling up in the streets or in the laguna, again. We have not had much rain yet, so the repairs can be made more easily now. (continued in Part 2).