Deseret International Charities built and donated five clean-water stations to the people of Bayanzurkh District. The stations were built in areas where people have had to haul water long distances, usually by hand, over difficult terrain—steep hills, mucky swamps, slippery slopes, etc. Having a clean-water station in their neighborhood is a huge improvement over hauling water long distances over this type of terrain.
Richard wrote: Deseret International Charities' construction of five clean-water stations for Bayanzurkh District in Ulaanabaatar is complete. We had the opening ceremonies and all water stations are in operation. Both contractors were great and had several crews working on the water stations simultaneously. Construction on the first station began August 20th and the last station was completed October 9th.
Opening ceremonies for the three stations in the 2nd Khoroo were held October 12th and the ceremonies for the two stations in the 23rd Khoroo were held on October 16th. We had a good turn out at all ceremonies with excellent media coverage as well.
As part of the project, Khoroo governors will soon provide sanitation training in the schools for children and parents.
The beneficiaries are grateful and excited to have clean water available in their neighborhoods.
The walls of the stations are very thick and well insulated to keep the water from freezing with temperatures reaching as low as -30 to -50 F. Each station is equipped with a small stove that burns wood and coal. Each station has a room (office) for the operator who sells the water and runs the station, a room for fuel storage, and a large room to house the 8,000-liter water storage tank. The tanks are made of steel and are imported from China. They will be filled 2-3 times/week as needed. Above is a picture of one of the tanks, plus a sample of the thickness of the walls.
The exterior walls include an outside layer of brick, a 4-inch layer of Styrofoam, and another 3 rows of brick. The inside of the walls are then coated with plaster and are painted. The walls end up being about 20+ inches thick. Each station also has a ramp for the water truck to pull up on so it can fill the tank with water.
The buildings are 6 meters square, not counting the ramp. They are much larger than the well houses DIC built, because they house a much larger water tank. The windows are high quality double-paned glass. They are quite attractive and almost look like small churches. Sometimes the operators fix them up to look really homey inside.