Drinking water projects in progress

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Nuevo Huaralica, in the district of Supe, province of Barranca, in the Purmacana valley. Nuevo Huaralica is 105 m above sea level on the Pacific coast. In March and April 2017, the El Niño phenomenon caused severe flooding in this valley of the Supe river. The village and houses were not affected, however, the avalanches of water and mud washed away part of the irrigation canal from which people drew water, contaminated by pesticides, for consumption. Since then, this canal has been repaired and people have started to draw water from it. In the proposed project, the water will be conveyed by gravity from the catchment to a tank. It will be pumped by solar energy from the tank to the 20 m3 high tank built at the entrance to the village. From this reservoir, water will be conveyed by gravity to 62 houses and premises in the village. A cement sink will be built for each family.

Ázángaro, Luricocha district, Huanta province, Ayacucho. This village is located two hours’ drive from Huamanga and at an altitude of 2,326 m. The village does not have a drinking water supply system. So people draw water from irrigation canals. When the drinking water project was carried out in Iribamba, the neighboring village, people came to chat with the staff of Alas de Esperanza and showed great interest in wanting to carry out their own water access project, or the capture of a source 3.1 km from the village, the construction of the main pipe and a 20 m3 reservoir at the entrance to the village. From this reservoir, a distribution network will be set up to convey water by gravity to the 85 houses and premises in the village. A cement sink will be built for each family.

Villa los Ángeles, district of Supe, province of Barranca. In 2012, when the village had only about thirty families, the Municipality of Supe built a water supply system which became insufficient due to the increase in population. In addition, the technically inadequate pumping system is currently inoperative.
In March and April 2017, the El Niño phenomenon caused severe flooding in the valley. The houses were not affected because the village is located on the side of the mountain. However, the avalanches of water and mud washed away much of the road, the irrigation canal and the main water pipe. Everything has since been repaired.
The catchment, the main pipe, the tank and the tank will be rehabilitated. A new impulse line will be constructed from the tank to the tank. A solar powered pumping system will be installed. Finally, the distribution network will be set up to transport water by gravity from the reservoir to the 160 small houses and premises in the village. A cement sink will be built for each family.

Shenontiari, Raymundi district, Atalaya province. Aboriginals consume highly contaminated surface and river water. The village has no drinking water access infrastructure. The water will be conveyed by gravity from the catchment to a cistern and will then be pumped by solar energy from the cistern to the high reservoir of 20 m3 built at the entrance to the village. From this reservoir, water will be conveyed by gravity to the 37 houses and premises of the village. A cement sink will be built for each family.

Cajamarca, Simbal district, Trujillo province. The Cajamarca drinking water system was severely damaged during the 2017 floods. The community, helped by the Municipality, managed to restart the system, but it remains in a precarious state. In addition, the pumping system is inadequate. Families receive a small amount of water every two or three days.

The project will be carried out in two phases by the organization Water Mission, which has an office in northern Peru.

Phase 1: the Municipality plans to collect water from a spring 20 km from Simbal to supply several villages with drinking water. We will therefore not touch on capture and the line of conduct for the moment.

In this first phase, we will rehabilitate the tank, the two tanks, the adjoining pipes and the distribution network. We will install a solar powered pumping system, water meters and a water chlorination and purification device (LWTS).

Several meetings are planned between the entire community and members of the Water Committee (JASS) to improve community organization and management of the water system.

Phase 2: if the Municipality carries out the major project of the 20 km pipeline well, we will then connect the tank to this pipeline. Otherwise, we will rehabilitate the current catchment and the line of conduct including the aerial passage over the river.

We will also extend the water distribution network to install a home connection to all homes. A cement sink will be built for each family.

La Ramada, Llamas district, Chota province, Cajamarca department. In 1994-1995, the Père-Ménard Foundation (of which I was then the managing director) and the Club 2/3 funded the La potable water project. Ramada with community participation. Engineer Mercedes Torres led the project. The village had 120 houses at the time. The 11m deep artisanal well provided enough water for fifteen years. However, since 2010, the yield of the well has decreased year after year. Currently, people receive a minimal amount of water every two or three days.

Together with the community, we looked for other alternatives to supply the population with sufficient and constant water. According to a study carried out recently by engineer Mercedes Torres, the best alternative would be to dig an artesian well with solar-powered pumping. Deepening the current well is not an option because of the huge rock at the bottom.

The community agreed to purchase a plot of land in one of the four locations identified by Mercedes Torres for the digging of the new well. Electrical surveys will be performed to ensure the presence of water in the basement.

Once the well is dug, the water will be routed to the existing 80m3 reservoir through the existing water line. However, new 280 m piping will be installed from the well to the central village square.

We plan to complete the project in two phases or over two years.

Phase I: electrical drilling, digging of the well from 30 to 50 meters deep; installation of solar panels and pump, connection of the well to the existing impulse line and renovation of the 80 m3 tank.

Phase II: construction of a new reservoir of at least 10 m3 in order to be able to supply water to the part of the village located upstream of the main reservoir; expansion of the distribution network and installation of home connections + construction of sinks as appropriate.

Nuevo Progreso, Nuevo Progreso, Raymundi District, Atalaya Province. The village is located on an island in the river about three hours by boat from Atalaya. Aboriginals consume highly contaminated surface and river water. The village has no drinking water access infrastructure. Our solution: digging a well 12 to 15 meters deep, solar powered pumping system, high 5 m3 tank built a few meters from the well. From this reservoir, water will be conveyed by gravity to the 30 houses and premises of the village. A cement sink will be built for each family.

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