When Global Brigades arrived in El Espinito community members had drilled two wells (each approximately 200 feet deep) to have access to water, but it was not being treated. Community members would usually load water jugs on the backs of donkeys and walk to and from the well in order to gather enough water for their family for the day. The furthest community member lives thirty minutes away from the water source. The time and energy that was necessary in order to retrieve water caused families to sacrifice important hygiene and sanitation practices that required more water.
Water System Solution
A strong partnership between Global Brigades, community leaders, World Vision, and local government allowed for the completion of a new water system in El Espinito in 2016. Community Leaders organized community participation and payments, World Vision donated the water pump, the municipality installed electricity and paid for the distribution line, and Global Brigades constructed the new 15,000-gallon storage tank with chlorinator, trained the water council, and trained the maintenance person. Community Members and Global Brigades celebrated El Espinito’s completed water system in February of 2016. Water now reaches each individual home as well as the school, church, and rosquillas business.
Water Project Stages
All stages of this water project have been completed.