While down in Costa Rica to attend and present at Feria EARTH Multicultura, Roy Morrison of the BioSand Bag Team along with Natalie Toros of Vida Liquida went to see one of the potential sites for our P3 to be used. Working with ASADAS Higuito, we went into the hills of Costa Rica to see their current water collection systems. Over bumpy hill and dale, we arrived at the initial site. We left our trucks behind to hike the rest of the way up to their primary collection site. The terrain was very rough and constituted walking over by single file a concrete walkway over the river. While very beautiful, this location presents many challenges for our filter. The speed of the water flow at dry season was over 9 liters per second and increased to over 20 liters per second during their rainy season! This flow greatly exceeds our current expectations and after much thought, we needed to rethink the location to somewhere closer to the end users where we could manage a more reasonable flow into the P3s.
It was a very exciting visit as this was our initial venture into the realities of local challenges in Costa Rica. While we are not ready to replace local municipal water facilities, we all agreed that there is a prominent place for the P3 in Costa Rica’s plans.