In 2010 and 2011, Friends of the Dominican Republic donated equipment to Peace Corps-DR's water sector through our Program Support Fund. That equipment (survey levels, pipe cutters, etc.) is getting a lot of use from current Peace Corps Volunteers. One example is in the community of Los Pomos, a small, rural town located in the northern part of the Dominican Republic. On September 15, 2012 the town celebrated the inauguration of its water system, led by Peace Corps Volunteer Michael Schon.
The system is approximately two miles of pipeline, serving potable spring water to 13 homes and a school. The construction took one year from start to finish, and cost US $15,000. The project was funded by Peace Corps Partnership Program and Fundación ADEMI (a local NGO), which contributed half of the total amount to purchase materials; the other half was provided by the community in the form of manual labor and transport.