Over 9 million Argentineans don't have access to safe drinking water. This is particularly pronounced in the northern provinces, where groundwater is often contaminated with arsenic and poses a significant health risk to the families that live there. ISF-Ar works to implement rainwater catchment and storage systems in these isolated areas and currently has a project in San Antonio de Copo. With your support, we can help secure access to clean drinking water in this rural, indigenous community.
The province of Santiago del Estero is one of the poorest in the country, with 22% of its population lacking access to safe water. During the drier months, many families resort to drinking contaminated groundwater which has led to frequent health problems, particularly among children. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the need for clean drinking water by highlighting the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation in limiting the spread of this virus.
Rainwater catchment and storage systems are a long-term and cost-efficient solution for these sparsely-populated areas, with each system sized to meet the specific needs of each household. This ensures that there is adequate water supply during periods of little rainfall and means that these families are not dependent on outside assistance which can be both costly and unreliable depending on local road conditions.
Ingenieria Sin Fronteras Argentina has been implementing rainwater catchment systems in rural Argentina since 2013 and has a proven track record of success. These systems have shown to be a cost-effective and durable solution to providing clean drinking water in isolated communities. In addition to improving the health of these communities, these projects promote socio-economic development by significantly reducing the time that these families spend on acquiring water.
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