What are some challenges to completing water projects in poor countries?

There can be lots of challenges with the work we do. For example, our service areas don’t always have paved roads, which means it can take a lot of time for a drilling rig to reach a village. Roads can be washed out from a storm for weeks at a time, requiring a team to drive days out of their way to get to a community.      

Another major challenge can be the introduction of new sanitation systems and hygiene practices.  Learning new concepts and practices takes time. Something like handwashing can be a major new practice for a community. Just think of how long it took your family to teach you to wash your hands as a child! It’s a lot harder to learn those things as an adult when you’ve always done it a different way, and when you've never had enough water. 

Other examples might be delays in paperwork from local government offices, landowner disagreements, and technology/connection failures.   

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