La Libertad, El Salvador, October 08 (IPS) – As the saying goes, we are united, we are divided, we fall, hundreds of families in rural El Salvador are standing together to get access to drinking water.
The state of Salvadoran fails to fulfill its responsibility to provide resources to the entire population, and families facing a lack of service in rural areas organize community organizations on the “Juntas de Agua”: rural water boards. Own management of digging a well and building a tank and the rest of the system.
It is estimated that El Salvador has about 2,500 rural water boards, serving 25 percent of the population, or some 1.6 million people, according to the private Foro del Agua (Water Forum), which promotes fair and participatory water management.
One of these community arrangements has been set up in Desvio de Amayo, a small village in the Canton of Congrejara, part of the municipality and division of La Libertad, on the central coastal edge of El Salvador.
The system supplies water to 468 families in Desvio de Amayo and eight nearby villages.
“Every country has a constitutional obligation to provide drinking water to the government, but when they are not able to do so, as is the case here, families decide to meet and seek help from NGOs or the municipal government to set up drinking water projects,” said Congressmen. Jose Dolores Romero, treasurer of the Drinking Water Association, told IPS.
Created in the 1990s, the board finally received a 117,000 contribution from the National Administration of Aqueducts and Suarez (ANDA) in 2010 to expand and improve its network infrastructure.
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With the consent of those involved in this effort, each family pays seven dollars for 20 cubic meters per month. If they cost more than that, they pay 50 cents per cubic meter.
“We benefit from the water, it’s a big thing to keep at home, because we don’t have to go to the river anymore, remember we can’t go there because it overflows in the rainy season, so this community arrangement benefits us,” Maria Ophelia Pineda of Lot Victorias village told IPS. , While washing a frying pan and other dishes.
“Before, we had two or three hours of water a day, and now we have it all day, I’m so happy for it, because I have it all day and all night,” said Anna Maria Landavarde.
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