Global Brigades began a partnership with the Rotary Club of Choluteca in southern Honduras and the first project together was determined to be the Coyol de Linaca water project. When GB arrived Coyol de Linaca had a water system, but it was only supplying water to approximately 35 houses in the community, and it was not large enough to meet the community’s needs. The system utilized a spring situated 2 kilometers from the community. The spring only provided 2.30 gallons of water per minute in the dry season taking more than 26 hours to fill the 3,700 gallon storage tank serving the community. Thus, community members only had access to water for roughly four hours every other day. Without an adequate supply of water, community members sacrificed some basic hygiene and sanitation practices that would have otherwise protect their health. Despite the poor service people were still paying a water fee of 20 Lempiras or US $0.88 each month. Further endangering their health, few community members consumed treated water and the existing storage tank was not equipped with a chlorinator.
Water System Solution
In order to ensure that all community members have access to an adequate supply of clean water, Global Brigades constructed a new water system in Coyol de Linaca primarily funded by Rotary Club Choluteca. The the water system, completed in 2017, consists of a drilled well, an electrical pump to deliver 25-35 gallons of water per minute during the day, a pumping line of about 810 meters of piping, a 20 k gallon water storage tank, a distribution network of about 8,460 meters of piping, and faucets for every home in the community. The seven members of the new Water Council are trained on water treatment, system maintenance, administration, and operation. The community plumber is trained on the same topics, so they can continue adequately managing the water system. The community will establish a monthly water tariff in order to pay the Water Council for water treatment, maintenance costs, and system sustainability. A Basic Sanitation Committee, consisting of community volunteers, has been established and trained to help present educational workshops in the school to teach children about water and health-related topics.
Water Project Stages
All stages of this water project have been completed.