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Hermosillo Water Project - Mexico

Hermosillo Water Project - Mexico

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

Location
Hermosillo, Municipio de Siltepec, Chiapas, Mexico

Community Description
Hermosillo is a community situated on the Northeastern side of a river canyon a couple of kilometers away from both Santa Domingo Cascada and Cipresal Cascada, two communities where we have successfully completed projects to bring potable water into the homes. There are 35 homes with a total of 180 people. Many of the households are younger families so the population is expected to grow in the coming years.

Like so many settlements in the Sierra Madre, Hermosillo lost its water in 2005 when 4 days of extreme flooding caused a landslide that diverted the original water source leaving the people without access to water to the present day. The lack of access to the water families need to maintain their households has greatly exacerbated the challenges the people have to deal with in this impoverished community.

Families in Hermosillo make their living by growing coffee on small plots. Some raise honey bees in their coffee groves to supplement their income from the sale of honey. Both of these products are vulnerable to the impact of climate change which has been serious in Chiapas and nearby Guatemala. As a result, many families have to rely on the funds sent to them by a family member working in the United States as an undocumented immigrant. While the money they provide is essential, immigrating usually means that young children behind to be raised in households headed by women. The tedious task of carrying water from the river falls to these women and their children and leaves less time for other tasks.

There is an elementary school and kinder garden with a total 42 children and 3 teachers who live permanently in Hermosillo. The two schools need water for sanitation for the students and to provide good living conditions for the teachers.

Hermosillo Water Project - MexicoProblem Addressed
The original water tank built many years ago is in good state, requiring only an application of a layer of cement to ensure that it is water tight. The original metal pipe was completely destroyed, so a new water line is required to bring water from a good source 3.5 kilometers away. A distribution tank will be built to allow people to connect their individual lines to bring the water into their homes.

Project Description
This project is to build a water system for the community. A new distribution tank will be built above the community and connected by a new piping system to the existing water tank.

As with all the projects completed to date, it is always a technical challenge to assure that the gravity fed system will successfully deliver water to the farthest homes and those on high ridges since the topography presents challenges. The original system had the capacity to deliver water to all homes, including the 5 households on the slope on the other side of the canyon. So, this system will use the proven distribution, but bring the water into the community via a new line from a better source.

The families are organized into a Comité de Agua, the Water Committee headed by people they elect to direct the work required to maintain their system for the benefit of all. The community members have decided that they will collectively hire a person called the fontanero who will assure the appropriate distribution of the water so that all homes receive water. He will enforce the proper use of the water by reminding people to turn off their faucets when their tanks are full. Part of his responsibilities will also be to perform the maintenance of the system as needed.

The people are committed to doing the manual labor needed to accomplish this project. This will include making the cinder blocks and constructing the distribution tank, resurfacing the old holding tank, and building a small catchment dam at the source. They will work together to lay down the hose across the steep forested patches, burying it to prolong its life. The hose will pass through the coffee plots of members of the community so access rights are assured.

Hermosillo Water Project - MexicoThe community has a committed leader who has been very active in working with the Sexto Sol team to arrive at a technically feasible plan for restoring water to the community.

Project Impact
180 people will benefit from the project.

Project Managers
The project will be administered by Tamara Brennan, Ph.D. and Francisco Barrios, of The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action, an award-winning non-profit that has had a permanent presence in the region since 1997.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Comité de Agua will monitor the system, maintain it, and repair it when necessary.

Comments
This project is the 12th water system project in the ongoing Sierra Madre Water Program, a comprehensive effort to improve water access in the underserved and impoverished Sierra Madre de Chiapas region of Mexico, spanning the border with Guatemala.

Fundraising Target
$6,700

Donations Collected to Date
$6,7000

Dollar Amount Needed

$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of Michael and Carla Boyle, of Nelsonville, OH, USA.

Any additional donations will be directed toward new projects in Mexico.

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