Hydrogeology For Jesus
This month, Dr. Andrew from Nuevas Esperanzas started the hydrogeological study in San Carlos as the first step in drilling the well.
You probably already know what hydrogeology is all about (doesn’t everybody?), but in case you don’t, it’s basically the study of where underground water is and how it moves. So the goal of this hydrogeological study is to find the best spot to drill a well that will yield sufficient clean water for San Carlos over the long-term.
You may be wondering why we’d pay a scientist to do that. Can’t we just plunk down a new well near an older one or use one of those guys that walk around pointing that forked stick at the ground?
You can go the hokey-guy-with-a-stick route if you don’t mind your well running dry in the second year, or getting dirty––even poisonous––water. A fair number of nonprofits just guess before they drill, and but it often ends up costing them and the communities in the long-term. There’s even a group called Hydrogeologists Without Borders, which is focused on educating WaSH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) engineers like us about how important it is to have good data on where we drill.
At the end of the day, if our goal is to make disciples through clean water projects, they have to be done as if Jesus himself was going to be drinking that water. Because he is: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink...”
If you like geeking out on this stuff, check out some of these videos from Hydrogeologists Without Borders’ first conference. The first few minutes of this video explain the difference between hydrogeology and WaSH (what SuNica does). And this video actually presents some of Dr. Andrew’s own work in Nicaragua, fixing a water system where another nonprofit had given the community water contaminated with arsenic poison.