I enjoyed Professor Griggs’ lecture yesterday. One of his points that I found most interesting is the notion that local culture and legislation plays such a large role in the way in which infrastructure development projects are undertaken. What surprised me was Professor Griggs’ mentioning that he has been working on the planning stage for a local Bay Area infrastructure project for over 20 years, while a much larger project he did in South Korea took only five years to implement. The primary difference are the regulations set in place by our country to protect the environment as well as the democratic culture that allows people to slow development if they are opposed to it. In South Korea, however, Prof. Griggs mentioned that the democratic voice of the local individuals and the environmental legislation hardly got in the way of the Seoul government’s interest in expanding rail lines. As such, I’m curious to know how these differences in the rates of project implementation will affect their respective communities and our global environment over the course of the next few years. More importantly, interested in knowing more about how local culture/legislation will apply to the work we do in Bangladesh. We already know a bit about the governmental water distribution organizations in Dhaka, but it would be great to learn more about the relationship between government and citizens and how the voice of residents can be better accommodated through our project.
With regard to the project, this week we are planning to setup testing of the Venturi device. Last week, we devised a testing protocol and ordered the supplies necessary to implement the test. The testing will primarily serve to simply verify that the device doses chlorine into the water supply. More details next week on how that goes.