Feature Four

Clean Water

One of the most important projects for the welfare of the Tarahumara is providing water both for drinking and for cooking and washing dishes.  In response to the serious problem of providing drinking water for the Tarahumara, Father Verplancken began a well-drilling project in 1994.  Finding a location to drill is the first step and Father Verplancken did this with divining rods.  Often it took him hours to find the spot but in 25 attempts 20 were successful. These were shallow (15-45 feet) wells and were installed with hand pumps since there is no access to electricity.