|WMI members; ADEC; Municipality of Tocoa and Sermunast Board Members during the visit to Marcala, La Paz|
|These sample photos show a week trial of all the dirt captured by a simple filter hooked up to these water systems during the dry season. We carried out the same experiment during the rainy season and noticed the conditions doubled in one-day period.|
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|Partial view of the Marcala Municipal Council, headed by Mayor Rigoberto Hernandez, greeting the Tocoa Commission headed by Mayor Hector Hernandez.|
|Member of the Marcala City Council and Mayor Hector Hernandez during the reception and greeting of the Tocoa Commission.|
Next day, Tuesday October 11th, after being given a brief explanation by IRWA Field Coordinator and past Cornell associate, Mr. Fred Stottlemyer (http://intlruralwater.org/about-us/our-team), who was visiting the town, we headed out to the site where two Agua Clara plants are installed, one with a capacity of treating and producing 550 gpm and a second one with a capacity of 180 gpm.
|Mayors, Hector Hernandez and Rigoberto Hernandez; Mr. Fred Stottlemyer and Peace Corps fellow, Daniel Garcia.|
We toured the facility and explanations were received from the above mentioned people as well as technicians of the Municipal Water Service and ADEC's facilitators.
At the time of the visit, there was a turbidity of about 160NTU's incoming to the plant due to recent rains in the area. After addition of the proper amount of Alum (Aluminum Sulfate) to flocculate suspended solids in the raw water, the turbidity was lowered to about 4NTU's through the flocculation process, before they putting chlorine to about 2.5 ppm for a contact period of about 45 min.
|Raw water from the source entering the tanks with high turbidity and high bacteria content. Local technician explaining how the treatment process is started at this point.|
|Alum addition tanks|
|Flocculation process tanks|
|Raw, clean water after flocculation in the process of being added chlorine at 2.5ppm for a 45 minutes contact period before it goes to the public grid.|
We may be helping the Municipality of Tocoa put together an 'Investment Proposal' to search for funding for this potential, but needed, Safe Water Project, which in turn, could be used to submit to Government Agencies or International Organizations to fund this much needed improvement for the people of Tocoa. It will probably be a 'split' project: a main proposal to serve most of Tocoa through the Municipal Service (Sermunast) and a smaller one to serve about 1,000 households through the community-based Board in the San Isidro district.
|Small mobile water analysis lab installed at the treatment plant. Signs of the plant with names of the participating organizations providing funding for their project.|
|At the end of the visit, Mr. Fred Stottlemyer, through ADEC, donated 50 water meters to the Mayor of Tocoa (and it seems some Marcala coffee too!), which will be used in a pilot project to monitor water usage in local car wash businesses.|