Stan Patyrak is Senior Director of Partnerships for Living Water International, a faith-based implementer of water solutions in over 20 developing countries. Stan has traveled extensively with Living Water, having visited over 13 of the organization’s programs within Africa, Central America, India and Haiti. Stan and his family recently moved to Portland to establish a Pacific Northwest office for Living Water.
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• Living Water – Website
• Living Water – Twitter
How much does a well cost, and how many people does it serve?
“There’s a range of costs,” says Stan Patyrak, Senior Director of Partnerships for Living Water International. “Generally our costs in Central American and India are around $5,000. Now once we jump over to Uganda, Rwanda we’re talking $12,000 to $15,000. And then Kenya takes the cake.” Repair is a fairly more consistent number: “Our organization cost averages around $3,000 to rehabilitate an existing hand pump.”
Who digs the wells, who pays for them, and how do you dig them?
“90% of our work around the world is done through local teams,” says Stan Patyrak, Senior Director of Partnerships for Living Water International. “Technology’s going to vary depending on where we’re working.” The more rugged the terrain, the more powerful the required rig. Historically, Living Water has covered the cost of digging and installing the wells, but they intend to move toward a cost recovery system in which the community helps cover at least some of the cost of the well.
Have you encountered any resistance to digging wells in the third world?
“We haven’t come into contact a lot with that,” says Stan Patyrak, Senior Director of Partnerships for Living Water International. “There are some bottled water companies that don’t particularly care for hand pumps in rural villages.” Privatization of water is definitely an issue, but Living Water hasn’t encountered any direct opposition.
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