SOURCE: Xylem Inc.SUMMARY:
Xylem Watermark sponsored 6 projects as part of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24, an ambitious undertaking on World Water Day, to build 24 clean water filtration systems (AquaTowers) in 24 communities across five countries; Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Colombia - in just 24 hours. These projects reached a total of 6,000 people including the 2,739 children who attend the participating schools. 27 Xylem volunteers assisted in the construction of the community-based water systems, which will bring clean water to the world's most disadvantaged communities.DESCRIPTION:
Project 24: Guaduas La Paz, Colombia
Guaduas La Paz Village is home to 800 households and has a total population of over 2,000 people who earn a living mainly from the production of cheese and livestock. The local school, La Paz, receives water from the municipal water supply, which obtains the water from a natural cistern located at the top of the hill. The first and most serious problem that affects most of the community is the removal of land in much of its territory due to geological faults. This leaves the community isolated from the municipality for long periods of time because of the bad road conditions, causing a considerable cost increase for all purchases, especially potable water.
In Guaduas La Paz, water is a much-needed commodity. The village does not have a local municipality that provides treated water safe for consumption, therefore the families must purchase bottled water or boil it before drinking, which does not always make the water safe for consumption. Local community member, Wilson Arenas, explained that due to the number of challenges this community faces related to lacking access to clean water, they have learned the importance of conserving the water they have. There are times that the road leading to the village is blocked by landslides, which can cause the families going for long periods of time without any water being delivered to them.
Because of the Project 24 AquaTower, Guaduas La Paz Village now has access to clean drinking water.
KEYWORDS: Environment, Clean Water and Sanitation, Xylem Inc., Planet Water Foundation, Project 24, Guaduas La Paz