Rain harvesting for providing drinking water to Aldea Vasquez, Totonicapan

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Project ID

Project Title

Rain harvesting for providing drinking water to Aldea Vasquez, Totonicapan

Type

Water Supply and Sanitation, international waters

Focus Areas

Geographic Scope

Lead Organization(s)

Project Partners

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Financing

Total: $16,962;

Sources of Financing: (CWI-15)

Timeframe

March 2006 - February 2007

Status

Satisfactorily completed

Project website(s)

Contacts

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Description

The project will build 24 rain harvesting systems, that will use the roof of the family houses to collect rain during the rainy season and fog during the dry season, roof channels to collect the water to plastic collection tanks of 2,500 liters each; to benefit 24 local families that will be trained in the rational use of water, maintenance of the rain water collecting systems, health issues related to the wise and rational use of water and traditional and non-traditional methods for water purification. All project beneficiaries are indigenous Quiché women, who will be empowered to run their own project. They will be given additional training workshops in hygiene; women's rights and self-esteem improvement.


This is an innovative approach in rural Guatemala. The project will have environmental, social and health benefits for the community. In the environmental aspects it will provide access to a different source of water diminishing, the anthropic pressures over the limited existing water source;, in the social aspects women will have access to water for their families basic needs allowing them to avoid the need for walking three hours daily to collect water at a local source; and in the health aspects specific training will provide access to knowledge related to appropriate treatment of drinking water and its relationship with overall health improvement.


Notable Community Participation

The local community is actively involved in the entire project, form installing and maintaining the rain water harvesting systems to the training workshops and administratio of the project.

Capacity - Building Component

The local community will be trained to install and maintain the water systems.

Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods

The water system will result in environmental, social and health benefits.

Gender Focus

All direct project beneficiaries are women, although benefits will accrue to their entire households.

Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples

The community is indigenous Quiiché.

Project Results
  • 24 rain harvesting systems.
  • Water collection tanks will have been built.
  • Project beneficiaries will have been trained in the rational use of water, maintenance of the rain water collecting systems, health issues related to the wise and rational use of water and traditional and non-traditional methods for water purification.
  • The project will better the local environment and health situation.
  • The local Quiché women will be empowered to run their own project.

Expected Outcomes

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication

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References

See also

  1. Water Conflict and Cooperation/Lempa River Basin
  2. The Case of the Trifinio Plan in the Upper Lempa: Opportunities and Challenges for the Shared Management of Central American Transnational Basins
  3. Strengthening environmental governance in the face of climatic risks in Guatemala
  4. Safe drinking water system for 68 households in community La Piedad II, San Felipe, Retalhuleu
  5. Safe Drinking Water in Colonia Belen, Tacana, San Marcos
  6. Establishing mini-irrigation for organic traditional farming
  7. Establishing mini-irrigation for organic farm land in Aldea Taltimiche, Comitancillo, San Marcos
  8. Establishing a water treatment plant for the benefit of coffee growing
  9. Capacity Building amongst the MAM People in Economic Water and Sanitation Governance, Guatemala

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