Learning about the use of water

Year Execution: 
2014
Country: 
Bolivia
Organization in Charge: 
Red Habitat (RH)
USD: 
23.487
Nº of Families helped: 
30
Zone: 
Rural
Description: 

Environmentally sound technologies were used to construct sanitary units operating with rainwater in a neighborhood of El Alto where water is a scarce resource. The project substantially contributed to the improvement of health and comfort of the 30 families who participated. Their homes now have a proper bathroom and they can collect, store and use rainwater for domestic use.

The 30 sanitary modules are already built. The respective water storage system provides water to flush the toilet, and to use the wash basin, sink and laundry receptacle. To further improve environmental sanitation and hygiene inside their homes, families learned how to handle disposal of organic and inorganic wastes, and to reuse grey water for other purposes like watering a garden. RH also organized a training program to a larger audience, focused on the needs and priorities of the poor population of El Alto. It was attended by 236 people: direct beneficiaries, their relatives and neighbours, students of Architecture and Engineering at the Public University of El Alto, high school students and teachers from nearby schools. Issues such as water management, climatic change, rainwater harvesting, building toilet blocks and efficient use of domestic water were addressed. Representatives of State institutions operating on environmental issues, water, sanitation and housing were also invited. These closely studied the initiative implemented by RH and the community as a practical way of making affordable water among the poor and promoting its rational use.

The project is now completed. A formal inauguration will take place with authorities at the central and local government. RH will disseminate a video on its website and publish a newsletter with detailed description of the project during World Habitat Day in early October.