January 2015 – Participated in the meeting of the Municipality of Yamaranguila where the report of all activities undertaken by ADEC in 2014 was given. An additional 12 water boards were trained on issues of chlorination, operation and maintenance.
On January 21, we visited the community again to see the progress made towards construction. A main storage tank has been completed and is nearly ready for water. Many lines have been installed and they are currently working on a suspended river crossing. The community is very excited for the completion of the project by the end of February.
On December 3, all the necessary materials to build the water system (pipes, cement, bricks, etc.)were carried to community , the trench of conductión and distribution line has begun, tank is built by 50%.
On November 10, the Marcala Rotary Club and El Ciprés signed the agreement for execution of water project El Ciprés, where the entire community pledged to work to build their water system.
Besides meeting with the mayor of the municipality of Opatoro, the mayor agreed that the municipality will provide the sand and gravel. They already have the quotes for the materials and those will be purchased by the end of this week.
Communities in Honduras often are without safe drinking water only for lack of direction and a bit of funding. This was the case with El Carrizal 2, a community in north Opatoro, La Paz that has 20 houses, a school, and a population of approximately 150 people. Elías, the ADEC Circuit Rider for that area, was concerned that when their monitoring was not finding chlorine water, so he met with the community leaders. The leaders explained that they had a water storage tank of 20,000 gallons, but they could not chlorinate the water because it was only for an irrigation system, plus the tank was very large. They thus had no choice but to take the water to their homes un-chlorinated. Elías thus proposed to build a separate tank which would be smaller, inexpensive, and then the water could be chlorinated. After several meetings with the mayor of Opatoro, the community, and ADEC, all parties agreed to provide the money to build a tank with a capacity of 1,300 gallons. ADEC then installed a tablet chlorinator. This community is a great example of how the monitoring and organizational skills of ADEC provide a vital link between communities and knowledge about water. With minimal time and funds, in only a month and a half, this community was able to chlorinate their drinking water and ensure the health of its inhabitants. Installation of chlorinator and monitoring of chlorine in water