The 117 miles long aqueduct was built in 1951 as part of the Central Valley Project to transport irrigation water from the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta to the agricultural fields of Mendota.
Zulfquar (42) and Atique (25) are two of five brothers who make their living by selling water. They take turns transporting it from a public well 30 kilometers away by donkey cart and selling it to their neighbors in the slum. Since the water’s quality is not suitable for human consumption their customers can only use it for bathing and washing.
A few days after George W. Bush was reelected as President of the United States I stood on a ridgeline surrounded by a hundred US Marines near the Pakistani border in eastern Afghanistan, waiting for the Chinooks to come pick us up. We’ve been in the wilderness chasing insurgents and looking for information about Osama bin Laden. We started the mission with only two days worth of water and food with a scheduled resupply, which hit a snag and only came a day prior to our departure.