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Providing water in Afghanistan

by Mac McMullen / January 19, 2006 12:07 PM PST

Coalition forces are installing windmills across southern Afghanistan to provide farmers with water 24 hours a day.

''Windmills for the farmers provide an easy energy source to a rural area,'' said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Andrew Mazerik, a civil affairs officer with Task Force Bayonet of the coalition's Combined Joint Task Force 76. ''There's not a lot of maintenance needed for the windmills, and this effort shows that the Afghan government is doing something for the people.''


Wow ! Great move ! The article states that the cost per windmill is $15K. Assuming that is the cost of drilling the well, as well as the windmill and the well pipe, etc, that?s a ?real bargain?, compared to prices in the USA. The article also states that these windmills produce up to 30 gallons per minute. To do that would require a 6 inch diameter well and a 16 foot diameter windmill. I?m ?guessing? the picture in the article is of a 30 foot tower with a 16 foot windmill.

Allow me to provide a bit of perspective. A ? inch garden hose, under normal city water pressure, will produce aprx 5 gallons per minute.

Most windmills in ?cattle country? in the USA, over a 3 inch diameter well, produce ?maximum? between 3 and 5 gallons per minute, many times less, under optimum wind conditions.

The depth of the well, and the size (diameter) of the well determine the size of the windmill required. To obtain 3 to 5 gal per minute, typically, a 3 inch diameter well would use a 6 foot windmill up to 45 feet deep. After that an 8 foot mill would be required for up to 65 feet; 10 foot mill up to 100 feet, a 12 foot mill for up to 150 feet, a 14 foot mill up to 220 feet, and a 16 foot mill up to 350 feet or so.

Now, ?..aren?t you glad you asked !

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by Mac McMullen / January 19, 2006 2:36 PM PST

Before someone starts in about this providing help to the ''poppy crops'', be aware that the poppy is an important medicinal plant, and there is a large world market for medicinal, culinary and other products derived from the poppy plant, other than that of the ''drug culture''.

??..Also known as opium poppy, the species is cultivated extensively in many countries, including Iran, Turkey, Holland, Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, India, Canada, and many Asian and Central and South American countries?..?

??..Incisions are made in the walls of the green seed pods, and the milky exudation is collected and dried. Opium and the isoquinoline alkaloids morphine, codeine, noscapine, papaverine, and thebaine are isolated from the dried material??

Read on: http://opioids.com/poppy.html

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Yes, Del, opioids are tremendously important medically.
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / January 19, 2006 9:57 PM PST
In reply to: PS:

But when the price paid for poppies entering legitimate channels are but a fraction of those paid by the illicit side, guess which channel most poor farmers will sell to!

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Perhaps it's time............
by Mac McMullen / January 19, 2006 10:44 PM PST

.....to equally divide "attention" on the demand and the supply side rather than just the supply side while coddling the demand side.

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Or to get government out
by Dan McC / January 19, 2006 10:58 PM PST

of such personal activities.


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