Day 5: Testing the Waters – observing the exact method of collection

After a good night’s rest in our new abodes for the week we spent our first day testing the water quality. First, though, we witnessed exactly how Tibetans retrieved water. This way we could observe all methods of contamination and provide advice during our implementation.

So how do Tibetans in villages get their water?

Step 1: All Tibetan households have some kind of container specifically for obtaining water. (container size ranges from 5L to 50L) Tibetans typically tie a rope to the container so they can fetch water closer to the middle of the river.

a typical container for getting water. Sizes range from 5L to 50L

a typical container for getting water. Sizes range from 5L to 50L

Jachu and his father tag team to demonstrate how they use the wheelbarrow to get water

Jachu and his father tag team to demonstrate how they use the wheelbarrow to get water

Most households have a wheelbarrow to transport the water container, but Tibetans also just carry the containers on their backs.

Tempa shows us how to get water

Tempa shows us how to get water

Step 2:  A smaller bucket type container is used to scoop water from the river into the river.

Tempa scoops water into the bucket.

Tempa scoops water into the bucket.

Step 3:  Close the container and carry back the water. To lighten the load on the back women tend to wear the container similar to a backpack using the rope and buttresses the bottom edge of the container with the top of their butt.

Uri tries to carry water like a Tibetan

Uri tries to carry water like a Tibetan

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