In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico faced the lack of drinkable water access. PRCF identified that there were approximately 247 community aqueducts that needed support to supply water to their communities. We focused on 4 areas of intervention: infrastructure support, community organizing, administrative capacity building and water compliance. Up to this day, and thanks to Water for Us Alliance -Oxfam, Hispanic Federation and PRCF-, we've been able to work with 30. Goal: 200.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, drinking water became a health and humanitarian issue for communities in Puerto Rico, especially for those that are not connected to the main water system and rely on the supply coming from their community aqueduct. Access to water became a health issue, triggering diseases like leptospirosis when people started washing clothes and bathing in our rivers. In Puerto Rico there are more than 237 community aqueduct structures, serving more than 250,000 citizens.
We've been able to grant from solar energy and storage infrastructure. The community organizing has allowed a vivid participatory process to understand the importance of the aqueduct to provide access to water and to educate themselves on water preservation. The administrative capacity building process focuses on how to operate and manage effectively and efficiently their water system and; the water compliance has focused on educating about water quality.
Communities will truly become the owners of their water resource and the capability of uninterrupted water supply for their communities.