Hey guys, what is up! This is Patrick coming in from Don Kang after completing our fifth and a half work day! It was very hot today with a temperature of 93°F and a real feel of 108°F according to our meteorologist Sarah Lobsenz, but really it felt like 200°F. No rain clouds or cool breezes in sight like there was yesterday. Also, I am still not used using Celsius for the temperature as Fahrenheit will always have a special place in my heart. But that did not stop our team from working hard and hydrating as much as possible!
In the morning, our crazy team members (Hannah and Nick) went for a run and came back to start the day right at 8 AM along with the other sane team mates. Rachel, Sarah, Hannah, and I worked on pouring more sinks. However, this wasn’t just our ordinary concrete sink with plasticizer, polymer fibers, sand, a drain pipe, etc. We casted a 1’’ PVC pipe about 12 cm tall into our sink where we would place our bubbler piece inside. This bubbler piece would be connected to our piping system in the distribution station and be used as a water fountain. Props to the sink team this day for coming up with an innovative solution to get this done.
To make our sink station more workable and less muddy, we decided to spend some time landscaping! We did this by dumping tons of gravel on top of the mud, and low and behold, the mud was gone! My regular tennis shoes will be forever grateful for this new addition. Maybe now Ryan, Savannah, and I can walk in shoes that aren’t made of more mud than actual shoe, until we enter The Outback that is. The picture below shows how nice this short little DIY project looks!
A PUC Thailand blog post is not complete without some news of The Outback. We did more trenching, piping, and sweating. We will be able to lay all of the pipe from the treatment system to the distribution by Friday, and test it for leaks on that day too! After everything goes well, we will be laying the dirt on top of the piping in the next week.
Our new additions to the foundation look really great. Originally, the contractors misinterpreted our drawings and just casted the foundation on top of the ground. However, as a team, we did some brainstorming and came up with a concrete ribbon around our foundation to raise the height of the station (in case of floods) and give the people more standing room to use the fountains. We think this new foundation looks great and really complements our hexagonal distribution station. We cannot thank our new contractors enough for their cooperation and work.
Our Mahidol students have also returned! We celebrated their return with a wonderful dinner on Tuesday at a hot pot buffet. We had a lot of fun grilling and cooking our own food and even ate some durian. It was not for me, but our traveling technical advisor, David, enjoyed it wayyyyyy too much.
As I was writing this blog, I heard a loud and distressed scream coming from the girls’ room. It turns out there was a cute little critter known as a millipede underneath one of the girl’s beds. We used our animal trapping skills to catch it in a giant pot and release them in the wild. Looks like some of us have a career in pest control. Till next time, this is Bladder 9 over and out.