Alto Angará Catchment and Storage System – Peru

This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Alto Angará, Pucará District, Lampa, Puno Region, Peru

Community Description
Alto Angará is an agricultural community lying at 4,161 meters (13,650 feet) above sea level. The main occupation is alpaca husbandry. The community can only be reached by a windy dirt road.

The 30 families (150 people) of this community grow crops, but they emphasize the production wool and meat. Members of the community have worked hard to find better markets for their products and to improve their stock through breeding programs.

Problem Addressed
The village has no regular supply of water. All water for household use is gathered from an open spring, unprotected from contamination. During the dry season, the problem becomes acute. The flow becomes so low that the access to water becomes difficult and contamination harder to avoid.

Project Description
This project is to guarantee an adequate supply of safe water to the population by installing a catchment and a water storage tank.

A catchment box will be built to capture the water that flows down the hillside.

An 8,000-liter storage tank will be built on a reinforced concrete platform below the catchment. A water purification system will be added to remove contaminants. This will allow water to be stored and easily drawn for use throughout the seasons.

Asociación Pro-DIA will work with La Asociación De Productores Agropecuarios Zona Alta, De La Parcialidad Alto Angará on the implementation of the project.

Water Charity funds will be used for materials and skilled labor. Community members will supply labor for the considerable excavation that is needed.

Project Impact
150 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Ralph Bolton, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Peru,’62-’65), and founder and director of The Chijnaya Foundation.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The major components of the installation have an expected life of about 20 years with normal use. The community will collect funds sufficient to maintain the facilities, conduct repairs, and perform replacements when necessary.

Project Funding
Funds committed by a longtime Water Charity donor, the Paul Bechtner Foundation, have been made available for funding the Altiplano Water Program – Peru. This is the second project in the program.

All donations made using the Donate button on this page, will be applied toward that program, and will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the donor.