Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pumping septic tanks in Africa!

Wondering how septic tanks are pumped? So was I and I thought maybe they used a bucket or something, nope they have septic pumping trucks here -PRAISE GOD!! So I think I've been here about a month or two and already we've pumped 3 septic tanks. One thing is for certain no one's shy about getting messy. If there's a job that needs to be done, just jump in. So to break it down, pumping a tank cost 7000 Kwatcha ($49 US dollars). This includes everything and I think that's pretty reasonable. The actual process of pumping it though is quite procedure. First you locate the concrete lids for a small tank (there are two 2 1/2' x 2 1/2'). The lager tanks will have 3 lids, the third lid is huge being a lid to a separate the tank. Next you dig them up, open them, and grab a long skinny tree trunk to unplug the leech holes and begin to stir the mush. After it is all stirred up nicely, in goes the snorkel tube! It then sucks up the waste and off you go! Fun times here in Malawi at ABC!!

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