Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Back in the day, getting the water to the surface was just part of the problem. You then had to haul the water to the house. This picture shows a Hispanic woman near Taos, New Mexico hauling water to the house. You can see the old style bucket well in the background.
Project HAO continues! First, I should do a little book keeping . . . our contest was to guess the name of the well digger. Myrtle was the first with the correct answer, his name is Jacob. Interesting! So, this could be called "Jacob's Well", and the ladder inside . . . "Jacob's Ladder".
I am pleased to report we are now 70 feet deep. If you look at the well hole, Jacob is no longer visible, but you can hear the faint "thump, thump, thump" of his hand spade digging ever deeper.
As we started getting deeper, the issue becomes oxygen. The carbon dioxide exhaled by Jacob settles in the bottom of the well, so soon there is no oxygen in the lower regions of the well. Jacob must judge when he is losing consciousnesses, and come up for air. People on the top drop banana leaves down the hole. Supposedly the leaves give off oxygen, but I also wonder if perhaps the big leaves stir the air on the way down and mix some oxygen down to the bottom of the hole. Perhaps we should rename the project, "Dig to China". Actually, China is not opposite Kenya, so this would be "Dig to US".