Joseph and I spent hours trying to unblock the drain from the chacca. We found that roots from nearby tees had crept into the pipe work forcing the valve open just a little and costing us our rainwater. Joseph who is a retired engineer and keen fruit and vegetable grower, cleaned up and restored the old brass valve which controlled the flow to the pipe. Harvesting rainwater to feed our crops was again possible.
One day on our return to the Finca we found that the old brass valve had been stolen, and with it went our water supply once more. We have replaced the valve with a PVC unit no doubt the brass has been scrapped. What a waste!
Many of the gardeners in our and neighboring villages are suffering thefts of equipment, tools and crops.