Well, in short, our work here is done.
Looking back on today, we actually made much more progress than anticipated. Through the final push of 11 students, 1 doctor, and a town of El Salvadorian people, pipes were layed in the ground, trenches were closed, manholes were finished off, and more grade was set. On top of this, some team leaders (including our in-country engineering contact Daniel Rivera, the mayor of Nejapa, the project managers for this El Salvador group, and the community leaders of Neuvo Ferrocarril) held an open meeting with the town to answer any last questions about the continuation of the project after we are gone.
In summary, over the past 9 work days on about 600 meters of street we opened up between 3 and 5 foot deep trenches with excavators and by hand, we laid corregated pipe, connected all the adjacent houses with Y-tees and PVC pipe, and backfilled it all by hand (compacting every foot of soil placed back into the trench). We have chose a community leader to continue the oversight of the project which should be finished in the upcoming weeks. Beyond the construction aspect, we have sampled waters from the local waste water treatment plant, as well as surveyed the area around the plant. Also, Ian has be diligently working on a plan to continue the use of the toilet-sink combos here after the project is finished.
Tomorrow we will be flying out of San Salvador around 2pm to Atlanta, where we will be catching a connecting flight to Chicago. If all goes as planned, we can expect to be in Chicago somewhere between 11pm and 1am. We all are excited to be back home, putting the shorts and t-shirts back in the drawers and throwing on the long underwear and wool socks!
See you all soon,