Costa Rica

María Agüero Water System Project - Costa Rica

María Agüero Water System Project - Costa Rica
Location
María Agüero, Bataan, Bataan District, Matina Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Community Description
The community of María Agüero is composed of 200 houses. Each house has an average of 5 occupants, most of whom are young children. The homes have dirt floors and are made of wood, corrugated metal and scrap material.

The canton as a whole shares the lowest level of development in the country, and has one of the highest levels of violence. The canton was recently ranked one of the lowest in the Social Development Index 2013 from the Ministry of Planning. The inhabitants have a low economic level, little citizen participation, and weak health and education services.

The community of María Agüero is one of the few communities without running water and represents one of the poorest communities within the canton.

María Agüero Water System Project - Costa RicaProblem Addressed
Homes in barrio María Agüero, do not have direct access to potable water. The community is an hour’s bike ride from the nearest river.

Although there is a public water system that serves the community, the houses are not connected to the system. All community members must share 3 faucets where they can access potable water. Children and families often wait in line to collect water that will be used for cooking and drinking.

Although some homes have wells from which water is taken for laundry and washing, the community floods frequently and the water sources are often contaminated, causing numerous cases of diarrhea and other related medical issues.

Project Description
This project is to provide water to the homes in María Agüero by connecting each of them to the public water system.

María Agüero Water System Project - Costa RicaThe project is being implemented under the direction of the Comité Cívico, a group of residents who make decisions and provide labor.

The Municipality and the AYA (Water and Sanitation Institute) have provided most materials, including piping, fittings, valves, and fixtures, and have obtained the requisite permits.

Three weeks ago community members started working together digging ditches and assembling tubing for water, but work stopped when they were unable to pay the plumber.

Of the 7 streets in the project area, houses on 1 ½ streets have been connected, and 5 ½ streets remain to be completed.

Community members have solicited funding from numerous organizations, without success. The women of the town are selling tamales to raise money, but only $25 has been raised.

Although the community is providing most of the labor, the expertise and machinery of a skilled plumber is required. Water Charity funds will pay this cost.

Project Impact
About 900 people will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Danica Campos

Comments
This is a critical infrastructure project for the barrio. Without ready access to water, many people have already been forced to move from the area to live with family members in other locations. This project will stabilize the community and improve the health and wellbeing of all who live there.

Dollar Amount of Project
$470.00

Donations Collected to Date
$470.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Danica Campos.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Danica of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Danica and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

 

 

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

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Suretka de Talamanca Water System Project – Costa Rica

Suretka de Talamanca Water System Project – Costa Rica
Location
Suretka de Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica

Community Description
Suretka de Talamanca is a town of about 1,000 people that lies on an indigenous reserve in the second least developed canton of Costa Rica. The population is primarily Bribri and includes a smaller mix of black and white inhabitants.

Suretka's economy relies on the cultivation of bananas and plantains. It serves as the unofficial capital and seat of government of the Bribri Indigenous Territory. As with many indigenous areas, the population faces higher rates of poverty and social and development issues, such as alcoholism, teen pregnancy, and drug addiction than other non-indigenous areas.

The local municipality and government have failed to provide the town with a water system that would serve as a reliable so urce of potable water. Community members are often sick from drinking the water without first purifying it through boiling or other measures. Water only runs for around 8 hours a day, meaning that personal rainwater tanks are necessary, yet unaffordable for most. The town has sought to better its situation through an Aqueduct Committee which works hard, but is poorly funded.

Suretka de Talamanca Water System Project – Costa Rica

The current water system was built by the Dutch Embassy in 1997 and was designed to last 20 years for 100 families. Suretka has already passed 100 families and the system is now 16 years old.

The current capture dam where water enters the aqueduct includes a small cement wall and a filter box to sort out leaves and other large waste particles. From there it flows through three kilometers of eroding metal tubing into two water storage tanks which are emptied during the day and filled overnight.

There is no purification process and a slow sand filter is just now in the process of being built. The water is distributed through town by tubing.

Project Description
This project is to replace the capture dam that supplies water for the community. It represents the first part of a larger program intended to provide potable water to Suretka. The sequence of projects is as follows:

Replacement of existing capture dam where water enters the aqueduct. Replacement of three kilometers of old, weak, eroded and contaminating tubing to new, sturdy PVC tubing. Addition of a purification system and possible water tank in order to provide clean, healthy, purified water 24 hours/day.

The work will include taking out the old, small, and eroded capture dam and replacing it with one that will sustain flooding, rainfall, and earthquakes.

The point on the Rio Cocolis where the capture dam will be built lies approximately 3 kilometers from the road and storage tanks.

Suretka de Talamanca Water System Project – Costa Rica

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase materials, including 25 sacks of cement (50 kilos each) and around 20 bars of rebar (6 meters each), and to transport them to the community by truck and horse.

The project will be implemented under the direction of the Aqueduct Committee of Suretka. Consulting will be provided by its President, Nidia Valladares, who has already gone through the process and has the necessary experience and know-how.

The work will be done by members of the community who will donate their time and labor in order to carry out the project. Total duration of the project should be no more than 15 days.

Project Impact
1,000 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kevin Werner

Comments
This project will put Suretka on the track to building and improving an aqueduct that has the capacity to supply its rapidly growing population for many years to come.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$505.00

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Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$50.00

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

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Quebrada Grande de Nandayure Aqueduct Project – Costa Rica

Quebrada Grande de Nandayure Aqueduct Project – Costa Rica

Location
Quebrada Grande de Nandayure, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Community DescriptionQuebrada Grande de Nandayure Aqueduct Project – Costa RicaQuebrada Grande de Nandayure is a small, isolated, rural community located in a mountainous area of the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. The town has a population of 140, the majority of whom work in the agriculture of oranges and coffee.

Unemployment is rampant in the area, with only 80% of the population having fixed employment. Investors have purchased land with an ocean view in the community with the intent of constructing a tourist center once the infrastructure (aqueduct and road) is improved.

Water for the community is collected from the river using an aqueduct that reaches a point approximately 400 m from and 75 m above the town. At this point, the water enters a tube (literally an open tube that is submerged in the river) and then passes about 100 m through the tubes to a water tank. The water is collected in the tank and then passes through a "filter", which would be more accurately described as a piece of chicken-wire. From there, the tubes descend to the town, where they then follow the path of the road to deliver water to approximately 50 homes, spread out over 1.5 km.

Currently, the aqueduct tubes capture the water from an unclean part of the river where dirt is easily stirred up when it rains, causing the water to come out dirty until the rain stops and the dirt settles. During the rainy season, it can rain for 2 or 3 weeks straight.

Project Description
This project is to repair and upgrade the aqueduct in Quebrada Grande de Nandayure.

The project is an integral part of a larger project to improve the town's aqueduct. The project consists of:

 

  1. Purchasing and installing tubes to extend the aqueduct to a clean spring,
  2. creating a concrete structure to cover the point where the tube enters the spring, and
  3. purchasing a new filtering system.

Project funds will be used to purchase tubes for the aqueduct so that it may be extended to a spring where the water is clean.

The Asociacion de Desarrollo Integral de Quebrada Grande y San Bosco will be responsible for the purchase and transport of the tubes. It has already purchased the materials for step 2, and has funds allocated for step 3.

Quebrada Grande de Nandayure Aqueduct Project – Costa RicaCommunity members will provide the labor to connect and bury the tubes. A community member is currently employed as the aqueduct caretaker and he will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the tubes.

Project Impact
The entire community of 140 people will benefit from the project

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Austin Slaughter

Comments
This is a vital infrastructure project for this community. It has tremendous community support in its planning, implementation, and financial commitment, with sustainability built into the project.

Dollar Amount of Project
$437.87

Donations Collected to Date
$437.87

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

 

 

The PCV reports that he was the victim of a robbery, and the funds were taken. Water Charity staff has stepped in to absorb the loss.

The project was completed by the community without Water Charity funds.

The funds from the Elmo Foundation previously directed for this project have been re-allocated to the Filters for Life Program – Worldwide.

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