Water system expert needed at shelter in Juarez

Greetings from the Tree of Hopes shelter in Anapra. The shelter is located in far northwest Juárez, about 5 miles due west as a crow flies of our new meeting place at the Mesa Street Grill.  Thanks to Robert Holguin of K-Fox and his special report earlier this summer we have recently received over a dozen new cots and monthly food supplies from the Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul.

Our greatest challenge at the moment is our water supply and finding people with the skills needed to improve it.  We are getting badly needed assistance from UNICEF with pit toilets while a contractor they hired builds new restrooms.  Progress is slow. 

Volunteers have recently installed a pump that I purchased at Lowe’s to help distribute water from one water storage tank to the next.  

In this picture you can see a water tank the West El Paso Rotary Club funded several years ago on top of the church overlooking the construction site.

What most people do not know is how big the water problem is in Juarez.   I am not sure about all the other areas of the city, but everyone in this part of Anapra has been without water for over a month.   The line broke somewhere and even before it broke water was very unreliable since the shelter is at a higher elevation than the rest of the area and the pressure is often not good enough to send water up hill.

We need funding and someone with the expertise on how to solve the bigger problem of water reliability and storage.  

If you can help in anyway please let me know.

Rick LoBello


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