Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

All things considered, today was a phenomenal day, albeit with a bit of a scary start. After almost a year of planning and schematics and with our drillers on site ready to rumble, the first conversation we have with Chilimani Village is that they want us to consider a different location for the borehole. Their argument was that the current location was too close to the village border and they didn’t want other villages pilfering off their water and materials (valid). This came as a bit of a shock to all of us, but we rushed to defend our position with science, logic, and a bit of pathos, and everyone soon agreed to continue with the original plan.

Then commenced the drilling! Once the drillers were well on their way, a fraction of us went for a quick check in with Mphero Village, our first partnership where we drilled two years previously. When the entire team was reunited in Chilimani later that afternoon, the most exciting part of the day was upon us. We sat watching the dirt from our first borehole shoot into the air, already with a sense of deep satisfaction, when a muddy jet came bursting from the earth, spraying our team and the children behind us with that sweet nectar the gods call water (see picture)Hit water!. Shouts of satisfaction and screams of laughter filled the air as we all watched the water flow. Soon after, the borehole was finished with a final depth of 50 meters. The trip could not have gotten off to a better start, so all that’s left to say is, full steam ahead!

Peace, Love, and EWB,

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The Malawi Project Team is currently partnered with the community of Mphero in Malawi, and is investigating how The Engineers Without Borders, University of Delaware Chapter, can best aid the community.
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