Here's the first bit :
The mountainous terrain here means water has to be pumped, mostly. This means that it goes through pipes.
Now, normal people confronted with the situation where you have to pipe through mudslide-prone terrain cut by versant torrents capable of dragging more grapeshot than the entire Spanish fleeti would use... modular semirigid piping. Because that's the right thing to use for this job.
The locals don't. Instead, they use flexible onesies, like here displayed, cut to length (which "length" here means -- kilometers!). These then universally spring leaks, which just as universally are... fixed. Also like here displayed : you cut a length of anything, old rigid pipe sayii, or nearby branch, or anything really ; you electric-tape it into place and... voila! Fixed flexible pipe leak!
I would guess less than a third of the water pumped makes it to the intended destination ; the rest flows back downhill through the rain ditches, leaving the poor tree chunk so fucking confused...
Yes, that ton's worth of metal hanging precariously from that winch is actually a functional stair. They lower it during the day. That's all I'm gonna say.iii———
- Here's how a riverbed looks after heavy rains :
Compare and contrast to how that self-same river used to look, not so very long ago. So yes, that's multiple DOZENS of cubic metres of rocky debris per linear metre of river bed. What do you own that could take the pelting ?
Let whosoever has no river raise the first rock! [↩]
- This manages to suggest nothing to these god-fearing Catholic minds. [↩]
- I could say more, such as for instance that when a teenaged girl spent ten minutes or so trying to fend off the ineptly aggressive advances of some douchebag her age that perceived he should be her owner except had none of the qualities, skills and abilities required, I asked her if she wants a cop or something, and some local dorks asked them if they know each other. She could interact with the dorks, but not with me -- because, obviously, some things are easier than others. [↩]