Greetings from El Salvador. Yesterday (Wednesday) was our most productive day yet! After a quick breakfast of platanos and delicious omeletes, we split up into groups to collect data on manholes. Matt, Cody, and I (Bailey) went to La Granja to note the locations of all the manholes and double-check our information, while Erin, Eddie, Katie, Tom, and Jen went to Nuevo Ferracarril to finish up taking data. Unfortunately, John wasn´t feeling well, and stayed back at los Ranchos to rest.
For lunch, we returned to Los Ranchos for a much-needed break, and then it was back to work in the communities. In the afternoon (probably the hottest so far!) we dug up manholes and opened them to make sure they were flowing properly. We were thrilled to discover that, for the most part, things seem to be working well! As usual, the community members were essential in the process of locating and uncovering the manholes, and with their help, we were able to finish up the job by late afternoon.
Meanwhile, Katie was beginning work on the Microbial element of our project. She and Eddie took samples of the water running through the streets and started to chemically analyze them. These samples will produce results that will show us how effective the system has been so far at cleaning up the water that runs through the streets.
After finishing work, we all took much-anticipated showers, then spent time chatting, snacking on fruit, and playing hearts (despite an unexpected storm and brief power outage). It was also Cody´s birthday, so we bought a pinata and had a blast knocking it around. All in all, it was a great day here in Nejapa, El Salvador!