Aapchour, Nuwakot District, Nepal Water Project

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Aapchour, Nuwakot District, Nepal Water Project

This project is almost complete. WE ARE UPDATING THE BLOG WITH FINAL DETAILS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WATER SYSTEM. We are waiting for the final photos from our construction team in Nepal who are making the final pipe connections to the water tank. Below you will find all details on the project, the work effort and results.

Aapchour, Nuwakot District, is the location of our newest 2017 water project. Aapchour is located approximately 3 hours North of Kathmandu and about 1 mile downstream from the our 2016 Kabilash Project. The people of Aapchour requested help as we were finishing our work in Kabilash. See the letter submitted by the village in the links below. Similar to Kabilash, they suffered severe damage from the 2015 earthquake and have been reduced to fetching drinking water in buckets carrying it up from the river about 300ft below the village. There is a major river running through the valley and it is the primary water source the 400 members of the village rely on for their daily drinking water.

GoogleEarth Link


The project includes a 20 foot deep water collection well located at the edge of the river floodplain lined with 42inch diameter cement rings stacked. A Franklin submersible pump is suspended in a 4inch pipe connected to 1.25inch HDPE water supply pipe. The pipe runs up hill 300 meters to a 2,000 gallon water storage tank. The tank is connected to two water outflow pipes running 150 meters to the lower village and approximately 400 meters to the upper village. the water lines terminate at public faucets with water meters providing clean drinking water to approximately 1,000 people.
GoogleEarth Link

The geographic lat/long coordinates for the Aapchour project are: 27°53'8.62"N 85°15'50.58"E

Project Outline

The outline of our original project was scoped and budgeted to send a 3 person volunteer team to Nepal to assist the villagers in constructing a catchment box along side the river, construct a water storage tank 100 meters above the river, install a submersible pump and lay pipe to a village of 400 people. Costs were estimated as follows:

Construction$8,601.76
Travel$5,739.18
Labor$380
TOTAL$14,720.94

Before arriving in Nepal we had modified the plan to use a locally available electrical connection instead of solar and assist the village cover the electrical cost by establishing an agricultural bank account with a $4,500 bond that would earn 7% interest under a special government program. After arriving and investigating the current situation our plans were modified again. We planned to assist a single village with 400 residents. Instead we found the village was divided into two sub- communities totaling 1,000 people. The estimated volume of water needed more than doubled. We decided to triple the size of the collection well and then keep with the original design, building in the option for future expansion.
The rest of the day was spent investigating the landscape, collecting GPS data points, speaking with land owners and villagers. We examined the school, rice mill and a few homes in the area.

Water Treaty

On the 3rd visit to the village we held a Water Committee meeting and the final plans were agreed to. The Committee drafted a Water Treaty which will be put on file with the regional government office. The treaty outlines details on how the village will share usage and maintenance of the water system. This is required to qualify for the agricultural bond program.

The Build

We built....more details coming soon.

We also installed 2 donated weather stations donated by Bloomsky. Collecting rainfall data helps monitor and manage the water supply. The Nepal government has very few rainfall monitoring stations and we will work with them using these new solar powered wifi connected units. We installed one unit in Kathmandu and one unit at the school in Kabilash village.

A special donation in memory of Barbara Brown allowed us to also replace the drinking water storage tank at the school in Kabilash, which we will dedicate with a memorial plaque when it is completed.As we plan the details of the project we will post notes and technical details as they develop.

Travel plans: depart May 27-June 12. Stay in Kathmandu.
Pipe: 1.25in and 1in, HDPE
Pump: franklin electric 50Hz, 4inch FPS4400 submersible pump, motor and controller.
Tank: 1,400gal concrete storage tank
Bloomsky: bloomsky and storm units
Kabilash drinking tank: 1,000 gallon concrete tank

Links

Request Letter
Bloomsky
Franklin Water
FPS 4400 50Hz pump
Franklin Electric 50Hz Submersible Motors - maint & installaton
Franklin Electric Submersible Pump owners manual
philippines video showing ram pump manufacture and installation
ram pump video
demo of mechanism & valves
Nepal pump
my ram ump version 1.0