Role of Parts, Supplies, and Maintenance
by Jeremy Corwin
(San Diego, CA)
I volunteered for a two week trip to Mexico last year with my church. There was a group of farmers who were trying to regrow a field of corn that had dried up because they could not water it.
They had water and they had a diesel pump, but the pump wasn't working. Our group leader was able to work on the pump and get it running only because he happened to have the part they needed in the van.
These farmers were not able to find parts they needed in the town nearby and even if they had, they did not have the tools or skills to fix the pump.
They have had that pump for a long time so they must have had some parts for it and someone to work on it in the past.
So, when we are talking about sustainable technology, in this case a diesel pump, I think parts, supplies, and skills that are locally available would be extremely important.