On February 12, Oneida Lara and Willian Martinez of ADEC installed a combined system to purify water in the school of community in El Pacayal , municipality of Chinacla. This will benefit 45 children. Also they provided training to children and teachers in the proper use of this system. ADEC technicians will visit the school each month to monitor the system and provide additional training and technical assistance.
On 4 and 7 February, Vocational Training Team (VTT) of the Global Grant # 25815 sponsored by: Rotary Foundation (TRF),D-6970, Rotary Club of South Jacksonville (D-6970), Fort Mill Rotary Club (D-7750) and the Rotary Club of Copan Ruins (D-4250), Mr. Richard Walker gave training to technical of ADEC in communities of Gracias and Marcala respectively about laboratory analysis that are due to perform at drinking water, VTT donated a portable laboratory to the office of ADEC on Gracias, it wich will provide bacteriological analysis service which will benefit more than 30 water boards distributed in the municipalities of Belen, San Sebastian and San Manuel Colohete, department of Lempira, also they imrroved with new equipment at Laboratory of ADEC in Marcala, which will improve service that currently provides technical assistance to 130 water boards distributed in the municipalities of Marcala, Chinacla, San Jose, Yarula, Santa Elena, Opatoro, Cabañas , and Santa Ana, department of La Paz.
The Marcala water treatment plant construction was initiated as a joint project of ADEC and the municipality of Marcala in 2007 and place in operation in May 2008. The design of the plant was assisted by the University of Cornell’s AguaClara program. Financing of the project was provided through the National rural Water Association and the Municipality of Marcala. The original plant which produces 525 gallon of water per minute utilized two tanks from a failed filtration system that had been constructed in 1997 .The water source for the plant is the Chiflador River which is a highly turbid source during the rainy season, however the treatment plant has been successful in consistently meeting the Honduras turbidity standard of 5 Ntu and frequently produces water in the 1 Ntu range. ADEC supervised the construction of the project with the technical assistance of Fred Stottlemyer from the National Rural Water Association.
In 2010 the Italian NGO ACRA undertook expansion of the treatment plant by adding a 350 gallon per minute AguaClara modular and a 150,000 underground storage tank. In addition ACRA constructed new 10 and 8 inch conduction lines to Marcala’s two water storage tanks which made it possible to provide an additional 1200 families with treated water. Currently the treatment plant provides safe drinking water to 2400 families and 12,000 people.
The Marcala treatment plant is unique in that it operates totally on gravity and requires no electricity or expensive pumps. This treatment process which is based on early 20th century water technology from the rural United States has been renewed an improved through the AguaClara research program at Cornell University. This proven but abandoned technology was brought back to life beginning with the collaboration between the National Rural Water Association and Cornell University beginning in 2004. ADEC’s construction supervision experience and its follow up tec