Water Already Collecting in Wirkini Reservoir
Our Wirkini Water Reservoir is finally showing – physically – the tremendous amount of work Mano a Mano has invested in this project (in reality, all water projects are very time consuming).
In Wirkini, we have worked for a long time on the foundation and below ground level, digging down almost 20 feet throughout the location where the reservoir levee would be built. Once the digging was completed we started replacing the black soil with the proper mixture of clay, sand, and dirt. This material with the right amount of moisture was compacted using a sheep’s foot vibro compactor every 4-5 inches. Now the levee is going up and up.
Mano a Mano & the Community Working Together
The community of Wirkini has been working hard right alongside Mano a Mano workers.
They can now begin to see the results of their hard work. They are excited to have access to the water. They can see the water collecting in the future reservoir basin, “aguas arriba’ as they say in Bolivia.
Farmers have already decided they will learn alternate ways of irrigating their fields – not just the flooding method. They want to maximize the water they plan to have for the first time in their lives.