Over 9 million Argentineans lack access to safe drinking water. Especially in the north region and during the dry season aggravated by the climate crisis, the lack of safe water poses a significant health risk. On top of that, groundwater is contaminated with arsenic in this area and is not suitable for human consumption. EWB-Ar works to implement rainwater harvesting and storage systems in these isolated areas, including the San Antonio Oeste community, a little village with 200 inhabitants.
San Antonio Oeste is a rural isolated community with a lack of safe drinking water. During the dry season, many families resort to drinking contaminated groundwater which has led to frequent health problems, particularly among children. The climate crisis has aggravated the situation, making the dry season longer and harsher: in 2022 it lasted 9 months.
Due to the sparsely of rainwater, harvesting and storage systems are a long-term and cost-effective solution, with each system sized to meet the specific needs of each household. Rainwater will be collected from the roofs of these houses during the wet season, stored in storage tanks, and used during the dry season. The projects also trains people on different skills like cisterns construction and water management. This solution has proven to be effectively implemented in other communities.
This project will provide long-term and sustainable health improvement because 120 people in the community of San Antonio Oeste will have safe drinking water . It will also promote socio-economic development by significantly reducing the time that these families, particularly women, spend on acquiring water. The video shared shows the project done in San Antonio de Copo, uploaded and funded with Global Giving and finished during 2022.
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