In Argentina, over 7 million people lack access to safe drinking water and over 50% of surveyed schools do not have piped water infrastructure. This project will go towards building 3 separate rainwater harvesting systems for schools in the province of Chaco, Argentina. In addition to the installation, we will provide sessions to promote awareness around the health and importance of clean water.
Due to extreme droughts and poor infrastructure, the province of Chaco in Argentina struggles for access to safe and clean water. When we examined the groundwater from some schools in the region, we discovered a concerning concentration of arsenic, measuring 0.25 mg/L. The consumption of arsenic in water is associated with a disease called Endemic Regional Chronic Hydroarsenicism (HACRE), which is characterized by the presence of skin lesions and cancerous and non-cancerous systemic alterations.
To provide the school with a safe source of water, we have developed a rainwater harvesting solution. This system includes a pre-filter module and leverages natural resources to offer an economical and ecologically friendly solution. Not only does this harvesting system have a low maintenance cost, but it also requires minimal training. One rainwater harvesting solution can provide clean and safe water to approximately 250 children, ensuring their access to a reliable water source.
3 separate school districts (supplying water to over 750 children) will get safe drinking water from this project. The water crisis and waterborne disease in Chaco will be reduced and the saftey and health of children will be improved.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).