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
Following a request for assistance from the municipality of Chinacla which had several cases of Hepatitis, ADEC Circuit Riders Elías and Willian went to the community boundaries to evaluate the quality of water that was being consumed. They found three groups of houses that had no water systems and who were drinking from natural wells. Elías and Willian conducted a water bacteriological analysis which showed contamination, so ADEC installed three Combined Systems Purify Water in the villages of Linderos and Chinacla. The systems will benefit a school with 90 children, a health center, and 15 houses, as well as 12 houses in Ocotalito and 10 houses in Los Hernandez. In total, approximately 350 people will now be protected against water-borne diseases. The water systems will be continuously monitored by elected people who will use properly. So far there have been no reported new outbreaks of hepatitis.
Natural wells contaminated used by community/Linderos-Chinacla
Combined Systems installed for ADEC at community at Ocotalito, Hernandez and school/Linderos-Chinacla
ADEC Circuit Rider Willian , installing and training people from the community Hernandez/Linderos-Chinacla