Drinking water projects in progress
The pandemic is still with us in Peru, as it is all over the world. Despite this, the communities and our team on the ground are working hard to carry out the projects while respecting the sanitary protocol in place.
The drinking water projects we carry out improve the health and hygiene of the population, and make the life of farmers, especially women, easier, since they no longer have to deal with the chore of collecting water. Access to clean water allows communities to live in dignity. In each village, a drinking water committee is elected and operators are trained to ensure the good management and sustainability of the project.
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– Santa Luz de Maranquiari, Raymondi district, Atalaya province, Peruvian Amazon. The village is located about two hours by boat from Atalaya and 45 minutes walk from the banks of the Ucayali River. The journey from Lima to the village of Santa Luz takes about 23 hours.
This village has 190 inhabitants (38 families) of several ethnic groups, especially Asheninka and Ashaninka. There is a nursery school, an elementary school and a community room. These indigenous people live from fishing, hunting and small-scale agriculture.
Currently, the people draw their water from a small stream. When it runs dry, they have to use water from the river or stagnant water from the surrounding area. To provide this community with access to clean water, a small well will be dug and a high reservoir will be built from which water will be delivered by gravity to all the houses and premises in the village. To bring the water from the well to the tank, a solar powered pumping system will be installed. Also, each house will have a cement sink (Spring 2021 Newsletter and Fall 2021 Newsletter).
– Shenontiari, district of Raymundi, province of Atalaya. The indigenous people consume surface and river water, which is highly contaminated. The village has no infrastructure for access to drinking water. The water will be piped by gravity from the catchment to a cistern and then pumped by solar energy from the cistern to the 20 m3 high tank built at the entrance of the village. From this tank, water will be gravity fed to the 37 houses and premises in the village. A cement sink will be built for each family. Currently, the community is working very hard to advance this project (Fall 2020 Newsletter).
– Colpapampa, district and province of Vilcashuaman, Ayacucho, Peru. This village is located four hours drive from Huamanga and is at an altitude of 3,739 m. This village has 435 inhabitants (177 families) who live mainly from agriculture. There are kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, a community kitchen, a council office, a health post, a community hall and a church. There is electricity and cell phone service.
About ten years ago, the Municipality installed a drinking water system that provides water only to the 120 families in the central part of the village. However, in times of drought, the water is rationed. Also, the 57 families located in the high part of the village have no access to drinking water.
To solve this problem, three sources from which water will be collected have been identified. A 90 m3 tank and a 300 m long pipe line will be installed. Also, an 80 m3 elevated tank will be constructed and a solar powered pumping system will be installed. The elevated tank will distribute water by gravity to the 57 houses. During dry periods, some water will be delivered to the central part of the village. Families already have a cement sink. Some will be renovated (Fall 2021 Newsletter).
– Huaroccopampa, district and province of Vilcashuaman, Ayacucho. This village is located four hours drive from Huamanga and is at an altitude of 3,790 m. This village currently has 150 inhabitants (37 families) who live mainly from agriculture. The people have access to cell phones and will soon have electricity. In this village, there is a nursery school, an elementary school and a community hall.
It is a village in the making. The people come from the small neighboring village of San Felipe de Huayllan where the water facilities are inadequate. The people currently consume surface water or fetch it from a spring 30 minutes away by foot.
To carry out this project, water will be collected from four sources. A 20 m3 cistern, a 160 m long water pipe and an 18 m3 high tank will be built. A solar-powered pumping system will be installed. The so-called impulsión pipe from the tank to the reservoir will be 890 m long. A distribution network will bring water by gravity to the 37 houses and 3 premises. Each family will have a cement sink.
– Limán, Supe district, in the province of Barranca. Limán is 4 hours and 30 minutes drive north of Lima and 35 minutes from Barranca. This village has 850 inhabitants (160 families) who work as day laborers and live from small-scale agriculture. There is electricity, cell phone service, an elementary school that also welcomes students from neighboring villages, a health post, a kindergarten, two churches, Catholic and Evangelical, a community room and two homes.
In 2004-2005, Wings of Hope supported this community in the construction of a rather simple drinking water system: tapping a single spring and installing a direct water line from the spring to the village. The houses of the then 25 families were connected directly to the water pipe. Today, the village has about 160 families and the water supply has become clearly insufficient. Since 2006, the community and the water committee have been managing the existing system responsibly, which motivates us to support them again. In order to do so, the structure of the existing catchment work will be enlarged and reinforced. The water will be transported by gravity from the catchment structure to the cistern that will be built. It will then be pumped by solar energy from the cistern to the 75 m3 high reservoir built on a mound away from the archaeological area. Then the water will reach the 167 houses and premises of the village by gravity. A cement sink will be built for each family (Fall 2021 Newsletter).
– Choccoro, (Millpo), Vinchos district, Huamanga province, Ayacucho at 4,200 m above sea level in the Andes. The journey by road from Lima to the locality of Choccoro takes about 16 hours. There are 90 families (420 inhabitants). The houses are very scattered which makes the realization of the project more difficult and expensive. The peasants are pastoralists who live by raising sheep and alpacas. Because of the altitude and the cold, agriculture is practically non-existent.
There is currently no drinking water supply system. People consume water from the stream at the bottom of the valley or from stagnant water, the same water that the animals consume. There is no electricity and cell phone service is available in some places. In order to install a drinking water system, it is necessary to build a spring catchment structure at an altitude of 4,377 m. Three reservoirs will also be built, from which water will be delivered by gravity to the village houses, each of which will have a cement sink. With access to drinking water, the health and hygiene of the population will be improved. Water will also facilitate the fight against the pandemic.
As in all the projects we carry out, a drinking water committee is elected by the population and the community agrees to provide all the unskilled labor. Several meetings are planned between the committee and the whole community to strengthen community organization and learn how to use water properly. Two operators chosen by the community will be trained to properly maintain the system (Fall 2020 Newsletter).
– Venturosa Bajo, Supe district, Barranca province in the Purmacana Valley at 105 m above sea level on the Pacific coast. Venturosa Bajo is 4 hours 30 minutes drive from Lima and 35 minutes from Barranca.
This village has 300 inhabitants (54 families). There is an elementary school and a community hall. The peasants are day laborers and some of them live from small agriculture and sell their products in the markets of Barranca and Supe. The village has electricity and access to cell phones.
Currently, the people consume non-potable water from a shallow well that is used to irrigate fields. The proposed project involves digging a new well about 15 meters deep and building a 15 m3 high reservoir. From this tank, water will be delivered by gravity to the 56 houses and premises in the village. To bring the water from the well to the tank, a solar powered pumping system will be installed. Each house will have its own cement sink.
– Uchuraccay Pata, Huanta province, Ayacucho. This village is located four hours by road north of Huamanga and at an altitude of 3,873 m. The project concerns a village in formation. About twenty families have already settled (175 inhabitants). These families live from agriculture. The people have access to cellular telephony in some places but do not have electricity yet.
The people currently consume surface water. To bring drinking water to this village, water from a spring located upstream at an altitude of 4,072 m will be tapped. A 3.5 km long water pipeline will be constructed from the catchment structure to the 10 m3 tank built on the highest part of the village. The distribution network will bring water by gravity from the reservoir to the houses and the 3 future premises. A cement sink will also be built for each family (Fall 2021 Newsletter).