Lobitos is an artisanal fishing village located Peru's northern coastline. There is no source of potable water in Lobitos. Dirty water gets pumped in from another town 1-2 times a week, and sometimes not at all, none of it suitable for drinking. Through the Women & Water program, we will implement a solar-powered reverse-osmosis desalination plant which will generate 2,800 gallons of clean drinking water per day over the next 12 years enough for each resident. The program will be run by women.
Lobitos, Peru is unlike anywhere we've ever been, for many reasons, the biggest being: THERE IS NO WATER. There are currently 2,000 residents in the very modest artisanal fishing village and no fresh water running under ground there. Today, left parched in the desert, water gets pumped into the town weekly, and sometimes, not at all. That water that does come is limited and contaminated, leaving residents and visitors vulnerable to bacteria and parasites.
We are raising money to implement a solar-powered reverse-osmosis desalination machine which is capable of producing 2,800 gallons of clean drinking water per day over the next 10-12 years. The machine will turn water from the ocean into a solution for the people of this community.
There are currently 2,000 residents in the community of Lobitos. This desalination machine will have the long-term impact of providing clean drinking water to the entire community, including the fisherman and their families who are the most vulnerable and poor due to commercial overfishing, corruption and coastal and marine issues. The community will have clean drinking water for the first time in over 50 years. The plant will be managed by the local women to ensure everyone has equal access.