When Global Brigades Arrived to the community of Hermita de Saraguasa they had a public, hand-pumped well, which was located approximately .5km from most homes in the community. The water was typically pumped into jugs or buckets and carried back to the home for use in cooking, cleaning, and hygiene. The well did not have sufficient amounts of water for the entire community. Additionally, the well was completely dry certain months of the year. When the well was dry, community members walked approximately 3km to a neighboring community to use their well. The walk required community members to hike down a mountain, across a valley, and up the adjacent mountain to arrive at the well – only to carry water 3km back home.
Water System Solution
Global Brigades, with over 800 volunteers, was able to partner with AVODEC and the local municipal government to build a new well and pump based water system for the community, finishing in 2016. The system consists of a drilled well, electric pump, 2 km of pipeline from the well to a new 10,000 gallon storage tank, a distribution network with over 3km 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.