Honduras: Water Distribution System

Professional Chapter/University of Minnesota Student Chapter

About the Project

Location:

Sulaco, Honduras

Purpose:

Water Distribution System

Overview:

Nine communities located in Sulaco, Honduras were served by a single water system originally built in the mid 1980’s after the government of Honduras started a campaign in the 1960’s to improve the countries’ water systems, and initiated the National Water and Sewer Authority, also known as SANAA. Over the past few decades, the communities grew beyond what the system was originally designed to handle. With few upgrades to the system, the communities were left with inadequate or inequitable supplies of water. Some neighborhoods receive as much water as they want over 60psi of pressure, while other are lucky to turn their taps on and get anything but air.

An estimated 3500 residents live within the 9 communities, distributed among 540 families. The communities are El Espino, El Desmonte, El Pozo, El Culan, Las Pilas, El Bufalo, El Pueblito, Las Tunas, and La Vega, and each has their own water administration body, called the Junta de Agua, or Water Board. A main water board was also created to oversee the whole system.

Beginning involvement in 2008, the Minnesota Professional Chapter completed two assessment trips in June of 2009, and February 2010. In April 2010, the UMN Student Chapter joined the Professional Chapter. The design of the new water system was completed in 2013. Due to the large size of the project, EWB handed the project over to the community to implement the project.

Status:

This project is no longer active.

For more information, visit the EWB-UMN Chapter Website.

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Project Meeting

There are currently no longer project meetings being held for this project.

Contact Us…

Professional Mentor Contact:

Drew Quirk: drew@ewb-mn.org

Greg Harding: gregory.harding@ewb-mn.org

Student Chapter Contact:

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