The watermill is working.
As was being expected there is in the summer, during monsoon, sufficient water to power the grinding stone of the mill.
The people of Bhotechaur are thanking us hartly for the help we provided.
Watermill in Bhotechaur
I promised them to send that amount as soon as I will be home again.After Kame received the money, I soon receive copies of bills, for a total of almost 30.000,- Rupees. That is for the materials bought in Kathmandu. Everything has to be transported, by bus,to the endstation in Sangutar. The most expensive items are the polyethylene pipe, diameter 6 inch, for Nrs. 12.425,-, followed by the turbine, ‘sudhariaka ghatta’, (improved watermill), for NRs. 7.000,-.
I am surprised by the cost for the nozzle. Its cost is NRs. 3.000,-.
However, I was not surprised to receive an e-mail reporting a good progress of the project, but also asking if it is possible to send an extra 100 Euro. Amongst others, they need more polyethylene pipe.
As I know that they are always planning in an optimistic manner, I already expected that question and I send the money.
Februari 23, 2010:
Kame Sherpa sends pictures made during the construction.
I selected the following ones:
In my opinion the outlet of the nozzle is very small. I will ask them if it would be advisable to buy an additional nozzle, with a larger outlet, which can be used when there is more water available.
In the bills I did not notice bearings.
Answers to my questions:
– Bearings are being used.
– The outlet of the nozzle is adjustable, but they decided to buy an additional nozzle with an other outlet range.