In the 1990’s the communities of Mesa del Ocote, La Joya, Sabana de en Medio, San Gabriel and Cuatro esquinas (over 200 families in total) had plans to build a combined water system with support of the government. The project was started but due to lack of funding was abandoned and by the time Global Brigades arrived in the community it had been over 20 years since the project was left unbuilt. Families relied on carrying water to their homes from local springs and streams while sacrificing basic sanitation practices due to arduous nature of collecting water.
Water System Solution
Utilizing the originally identified mountain source, Global Brigades, with over 800 volunteers, was able to partner with Water for People and the local municipal government to build a new gravity based water system for the 5 communities, finishing in 2017. The system consists of a catchment and intake structures, 9 km of pipeline from the source to a new 14,500 gallon storage tank, a distribution network with over 16 km of piping, household connections and a Water Council to operate, maintain and administrate the system.
Water Project Stages
All stages of this water project have been completed.