Water Treatment Project
Have you ever had to worry about getting sick from drinking water? Do you think about what bacteria might be in it before you take a drink? Are you afraid to bathe your children for fear they could catch a deadly disease? Have you ever had to miss work because you were sick from the water you drank?
These are common concerns for the citizens of the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Access to clean water is a major problem for the majority of rural Nicaraguans.
Many impoverished families drink unclean water from rivers and wells that are polluted with disease-causing pathogens. Drinking and bathing in contaminated water can cause severe illnesses like diarrhea, birth defects, cancer, typhoid fever, cholera and sometimes even death. In addition to the bacteria, tainted water contains high levels of calcium, which may be connected to the increased incidence of kidney stones among this population.
Lack of clean drinking water leads to increased consumption of soda. Wouldn’t you, too, choose a “safe” drink over one with known bacteria? Unfortunately, soda can cause numerous health concerns: high sugar intake, dehydration, fatigue, and tooth decay are just a few. One of the most prevalent diseases in rural Nicaragua is diabetes – a direct result of increased sugar intake.
We believe that EVERYONE deserves access to clean water
The Clean Water Initiative started in late 2014. Our water treatment plant currently distributes an average of 1,195 gallons per month.
People from the community can refill their 5-gallon bottles for 30 Nicaraguan córdobas (US$1.10), which is nearly half the price of a commercial bottle at the store.
Chris Rios, a Harvard University graduate who will soon head to medical school, volunteered at the Clinic for several months and made a huge impact on this project. He started a crowdfunding campaign, which hit its goal of raising enough funds to buy the vehicle for the distribution of the water.
The next step is to create a distribution route and reach communities located farther away, where the people are not able to come to the Clinic on a regular basis. We also give away 1-liter bottles to patients and people who visit the Clinic.
In the near future, we would also like to expand our current bottle filling system and cleaning system, always keeping in mind the importance of offering a high quality product to our communities.
We Cannot Do It Without You!
Please consider joining us in providing critical uncontaminated water to the underserved people in Limon, Nicaragua.
We thank you very much for your consideration in helping us with this important project.