When Global Brigades arrived in the community of Casillas, it did not have a water system that met the needs of the population. The system that previously supplied water to the community stopped working in 2011 due to a partial collapse. This was due in part to the drying up of the well from which water was pumped to a 15,000 gallon tank. After that, the community wasn’t n able to find another water source or a way to finance a new water system.
As a result, they were forced to carry water daily from a river a few kilometers away. The water carried from the river was used for consumption and other household uses. However, because it was untreated it increased the risk of gastrointestinal infections, diarrhea, and parasites.
Water System Solution
On July 28, 2015, Global Water Brigades signed a construction agreement with the Community of Casillas and the Municipal Government of Talanga. A new gravity-based water system was constructed, which is supplied by a natural water source located 5.2 kilometers from the community. Volunteers and community members collaborated to:
• Build a small dam at the water source
• Install a filter to prevent sand and sediment from entering the water system.
• Install 5,200 meters of piping from the dam to storage tank
• Construct a new 5,000 gallon storage tank funded by the local government
• Connect approximately 70 houses to the system
• Provide education seminars to children in the community on water and health-related topics.
To ensure the sustainability of the project, a Water Council and Basic Sanitation Committee were established and trained by Global Brigades staff.
Water Project Stages
All stages of this water project have been completed.