Safe drinking water system for 68 households in community La Piedad II, San Felipe, Retalhuleu

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Project ID

Project Title

Safe drinking water system for 68 households in community La Piedad II, San Felipe, Retalhuleu

Type

Water Supply and Sanitation

Focus Areas

Geographic Scope

Lead Organization(s)

Project Partners

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Financing

Total: $21,671;

Sources of Financing: (CWI-47 )

Timeframe

2006 - 2007

Status

Completed

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Description

The project consists of building a safe drinking water system, consisting of a concrete storage tank, distribution pipelines, as well as taps and consumption meters for 68 households. The water will come from a natural spring, which is owned by the local community group and has been tested for safe drinking. 500 Calycophyllum multiflorum trees will be planted on 0.16 ha surrounding the natural spring to protect it. 140 m of live barriers, using Yucca elephantipes, will be planted on areas prone to landslides. A disaster prevention committee will be formed. The project includes a health component, with a diagnosis of local health, water samples and clorification of water. Training workshops will be given on use of water, maintenace of the water distribution system, administration, gender, environment and disaster prevention. The community is organised in various committees, including supervision, evaluation, maintenance and administration of the water system.


Notable Community Participation

The community is actively involved in the installation and maintenance of the water system as well as all other aspects of the project.

Capacity - Building Component

The community will be trained in various thematic workshops and will also form their own committees to run the project.

Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods

Access to safe drinking water will have significant positive health impacts and will also contribute to a better local environment, where discharge waters are treated and trees have been reforested. Disaster preparedness will help minimise the shocks caused by natural disasters.

Gender Focus

Women are well represented as both project beneficiaries and in the various committees.

Project Results
  • A safe drinking water system, with a concrete storage tank and distribution pipelines has been built, with taps and consumption meters installed in 68 households.
  • 500 Calycophyllum multiflorum trees will have been planted on 0.16 ha surrounding the natural spring to protect it. 140 m of live barriers, using Yucca elephantipes, will have been planted on areas prone to landslides.
  • A diagnosis of local health, water samples and clorification of water will have been carried out.
  • Training workshops will have been given and attended on use of water, maintenance of the water distribution system, administration, gender, environment and disaster prevention.
  • Various committees, including supervision, evaluation, maintenance and administration committees of the water system and a disaster prevention committee will have been formed and will be active.

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 in Colonia Belen, Tacana, San Marcos
  5. Rain harvesting for providing drinking water to Aldea Vasquez, Totonicapan
  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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