The town of San Felipito is located in coastal Peru, in an area that does not have sources of surface water. Consequently, the greatest needs of the 88 families (304 inhabitants) are access to potable water and sanitation services. The lack of these services represents one of the main causes of diarrheal and parasitic infections, which affect mainly the younger population of boys and girls.
Currently, the population consumes water from the irrigation canal that passes through the lower part of the town. They bring the water to their homes and store it to be used on days when the canal does not carry water.
In the community of San Felipito, we intend to drill a well on community property and use a solar-powered pump to deliver the water to an elevated reservoir located above the community. A passive, gravity-fed system with valves will be used to distribute the purified water to 88 homes and 5 public places through a system of pipes. Each home will have its own access to clean water and a cement wash basin.
Members of the local water committee for San Felipito will be trained in the maintenance of the water system and organized so that the sustainability of the system will be secured for the future.
Another objective is to train the residents of San Felipito concerning personal hygiene and cleanliness, especially as it relates to the use of the provided clean water.
The project is being initiated by the Castlegar Rotary Club who will work with the Host club (Barranca Milenario), and the Cooperating Organization (Alas de Esperanza), which has extensive experience in the region developing water projects.
Timeline for project
Pre-Construction Activities: Community presentation of scope and time-line of project Registration of the beneficiaries of the water project Household visits by Social Worker to establish base-line conditions of families prior to initiation of project Specific WASH training sessions geared specifically to women General WASH training sessions geared to whole community Training session for Water Committee members on roles and responsibilities 1 month
Pre-construction Activities: Engineers from the Cooperating Organization will finalize plans for the location of the underground pipes and the distribution system. Training sessions for Water Committee to finalize Statutes and Regulations, Annual Operating Plan, and Family Fee structure. Community meeting to approve the Statues and Regulations, Annual Operating Plan and Family Fee structure 2 weeks
Construction Activities: Construction and drilling of the well occurs on Community property. Community members will begin the process of digging the 6.7 km of trenches needed for the piping system. (see Attachment 2 - Engineering Plan) Training sessions for Water Committee members on using Management Tools. Community training sessions on water and environment. Household visits by Social Worker to reinforce WASH messages and ensure commitment of individual families to WASH principles 2 months
Concurrent with the digging of trenches, construction of a supported reservoir will be completed. Community training sessions continue on Health Education. 1-2 months
Following the completion of the laying of 6.7 km of water pipe from the water source to the community and the household pipe network, construction of household sinks will be completed 2 weeks
Connection of the piping to the chlorination system before distribution to the household sinks will be finalized 2 weeks
Post-Construction Activities: Workshop training on the operation and maintenance of water system to members of the Water Committee and Operators. Household visits by Social Worker to verify the results of the changes in behavior around hygiene and sanitation and the effects of using purified water. 6 months
Use of Project Funds
Supplies Water pipes/water tanks 63299
Personnel Engineer/laborer, drilling operations 63329
Project management Engineering costs/Planning/Supervision 1311
Training WASH training of community 3277
Travel Engineer/Social Worker 1533
Equipment Tools/Solar Panel 1961
Operations Transport of materials 2097
Signage Rotary Signage 452
Monitoring/evaluation Barranca Milenario Club Visits 262
Supplies Contingency 6553
Involvement of Club members
Host club members will be responsible for multiple visits to the community to monitor and evaluate the progress of the water project. In addition, where feasible, they will help to deliver and reinforce WASH training in the community.