In 2008, the local government sponsored the installation of a community well in the rural village of Pinalito as part of a larger infrastructure project. However, the lack of a proper sustainability and maintenance plan caused the well and pumping system to irreversibly fail leaving the people of Pinalito with few options to collect drinking water. They must either a) make their way down steep muddy inclines to get river water that is heavily contaminated with bacteria and causes frequent waterborne illness or b) travel far distances (usually on foot) to reach cleaner groundwater springs.
HUEWB is working together with the community to bring a new sustainable clean water supply system to all of the residents of Pinalito. We have designed a new well, along with appropriate treatment systems and easily accessible distribution points. We began implementation of the project in August 2013 and plan to travel to complete implementation in January 2014. By working with both local and US-based experts, we will ensure this water system has sufficient capacity to meet community consumption needs and that various members of the community are well versed in system operations to ensure long-term sustainability. This will be a system completely made for and owned by the people of Pinalito that will last for years to come.