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    CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Kirishi village on Mt Kilimanjaro now has running water!

    With the amazing work of Bente (Uru coffee Estate) in Moshe, Tanzania and the financial help from CoffeeSnobs everywhere more than 1km of water pipe has been trenched and the village has a tap!

    Previously Kirishi used a furrow to flood irrigate to a well and water was carried from there. Using an open furrow is a wasteful way of moving water around as most of it seeps into the ground or runs off in the wrong direction. With the simple addition of Bentes vision, a long length of poly pipe and some hard work the village now has running water at the dispensary.

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgTbSoVmsPs[/media]

    Villagers will now save for their own pipe to attach to the main and clean running water will be available to every home.

    Another excellent FairCrack result, CoffeeSnobs should stand proud!

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Thanks for the update Andy, the sort of stuff we take for granted, i.e. running water* [smiley=embarassed.gif]

    Great to see Faircrack contributions not going towards fancy offices for marketing fatcats [smiley=smiley.gif]

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Quote Originally Posted by 557A706D140 link=1322786903/0#0 date=1322786903
    more than 1km of water pipe has been trenched and the village has a tap!
    That is great news.

    Where is it being piped from, out of interest? If from a river, I imagine a pump would be needed. It looks like they are getting good water pressure out of the tap - more than what gravity feed can provide?

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Terrific stuff Andy.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif] 8-)

    Another page to add to the chapter of CoffeeSnobs goodness :)

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Quote Originally Posted by 3B312433333C282E5D0 link=1322786903/2#2 date=1322792929
    It looks like they are getting good water pressure out of the tap - more than what gravity feed can provide?
    Depends on the altitude difference between the collection and discharge ends.... Head Pressure. Pressure at the tap can be significant if the Head is substantial... 8-)

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Quote Originally Posted by 4A67636F620E0 link=1322786903/4#4 date=1322793633
    Pressure at the tap can be significant if the Head is substantial...
    True.

    I checked the Faircrack page and it mentions

    March 2011

    The first stage of the irrigation project! Run a 63mm pipe from the seasonal Mangana well into the village. Currently they flood irrigate through the furrow with 75% wastage. This pipeline will give a cleaner, more reliable water supply without the waste.


    Im guessing the Mangana well is what is shown about 25 secs into the video and is fed from the Kilimanjaro snow melt?

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Quote Originally Posted by 1124373E373B1D560 link=1322786903/1#1 date=1322790189
    the sort of stuff we take for granted, i.e. running water
    We do take a lot of things for granted in "the lucky country"... and are pretty quick to whinge about the smallest thing.* Doing this sort of stuff is really good for our perspective.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1124373E373B1D560 link=1322786903/1#1 date=1322790189
    Great to see Faircrack contributions not going towards fancy offices for marketing fatcats
    That will never happen with FairCrack!

    Quote Originally Posted by 303A2F3838372325560 link=1322786903/2#2 date=1322792929
    Where is it being piped from, out of interest? If from a river, I imagine a pump would be needed. It looks like they are getting good water pressure out of the tap - more than what gravity feed can provide?
    Yes, from a river.* Gravity fed and a big altitude drop from the river provides the pressure.* Ill try and get some topography from Bente sometime, I did have some GPS co-ords but cannot place them at the moment.

    They made a concrete catchment beside the river, from there a 63mm pipe runs water half-way to the village it then reduces to 50mm and the pipes get smaller the closer they get to the village.* The last kilometer is just 25mm pipe and future branches into homes will come off that.

    The other project that you found on the FairCrack page was to run a pipe from "Mangana well" to another village.* That was in and operational mid year.* The second part of that project was to run a pipe from the river to the well but it crossed national park and gaining permission was... umm... errr... interesting... lets just say that I dont want to discuss some nasty local politics online!

    So the project needed to take another turn (enter plan B).* Move further upstream, follow a different ridge and get water to the same destination via a different route.

    This village is following a different furrow, the "Mare Furrow" which splits off and runs into Msuni (where one of of the FairCrack puplers are) and Kirishi

    Kirishi have the water now and Msuni will follow shortly.

    Its all a little complicated, often way more complicated than it should be but that is the local way.* Thankfully we have access to superwoman Bente who can find ways of getting the impossible done.

    8-)

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Wow, that makes the whole thing sound even more epic than what the slide show revealed. I am very impressed. Im very glad the world has people like Bente who put their heart before self-interest, you and your determination to invest in a project without middlemen. Im also glad my small Faircrack contribution is helping out.

    A trip to the area to share a cup of coffee with the villagers is already on my bucket list.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Quote Originally Posted by 454F5A4D4D425650230 link=1322786903/7#7 date=1322806656
    A trip to the area to share a cup of coffee with the villagers is already on my bucket list
    Mine too... Im saving like crazy to get there one day.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Another awesome FairCrack project!


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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    thats awesome 8-)

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Sure is!

    Here is the previous video that shows it better than I explained it.

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnDV49D5uBo[/media]

    Enjoy!

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Kirishi Water Project

    Quote Originally Posted by 230C061B620 link=1322786903/11#11 date=1322831585
    shows it better than I explained it
    Certainly demonstrates why the head pressure is so good

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