Conclusion of Boqueron Arriba Aqueduct Project – Panama

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Sean Strong. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to repair the damaged aqueduct and complete the slow filter system.

Sean reports:

The project has been completed.

Unfortunately, the community learned that when the slow filter tank was constructed, several key features were omitted, making the completion of the filter more expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, the aqueduct committee requested that Appropriate Projects allow us to use the funding to construct a new water intake.

The old intake was surrounded by cow pastures and near many landslides, resulting in water unsafe for consumption and full of sediment.

The new intake is situated upstream from all major landslides and all cow pastures, resulting in less sediment entering the aqueduct, and less potential for contamination by cows.

Funds provided by Appropriate Projects were used to buy concrete and rebar to construct the new intake, and to buy pipes to connect the new intake to the existing aqueduct.

All labor was volunteered by community members, including hauling materials over 3 km to the work site, prepping the concrete form, and connecting the new intake to the existing aqueduct. The work took approximately three weeks to complete.

“We are very happy with the result of our efforts, and appreciate the support and flexibility of Appropriate Projects.” – President of the Aqueduct Committee

We are grateful to Sean for completing this excellent infrastructure project, and again wish to thank the Elmo Foundation for providing the funding.