Sunday, August 19, 2007
Yes, we are. Or I should say the treadle pump is. After such good results from the testing described in the previous posts, it was decided that the pump is ready for field trials.
We've located a group going to the CODEP project (http://www.haitifundinc.org/), in early September and they have agreed to take the disassembled pump as part of their luggage. A member of the group helped to number the parts and disassemble the pump so he'll know how to reassemble it when it gets to Haiti. As you can see, the pump and hoses are packed in three suitcases and a duffel bag. The only part that has to be made there is the mast, which is 60 inches long, and won't fit in the bag. We still have to collect a few parts and fittings, so there won't be problems attaching the pump to the hoses on site when it arrives. We also have to burn a CD with all the pictures Jim took during the disassembly process. So, the next post will hopefully show the treadle pump being reassembled and used in Haiti.
Update: I've received word that the suitcases made it through the various airport security checks, and customs in Haiti. So far, so good.