Achuar Water Project - Ecuador





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Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Ecuador

Location: Kutsutkao Village, Achuar

Total Budget: $61,750

Area of Focus: Water, sanitation and hygiene

The scope of this project is to provide a reliable, safe, potable water supply within the village of Kutsutkao. This village has no system for mechanically transporting water from the river to the village, and has no central, nor individual, purification systems.

The scope of this project would include Innovative Water Technologies' (a Colorado based company) SunSpring Hybrid portable solar and wind powered self-contained microbiological water purification system capable of producing up to 20,000 liters of water per day for up to and typically well exceeding ten years. This system includes a submersible pump to supply water to the filtering unit (run from a self-contained solar/battery unit), a bottle buddy - a water bottle clean/sanitize/rinse station designed to be used with the SunSpring Hybrid water purification system. The SunSpring Bottle Buddy cleans, sanitizes and rinses any size water bottle in seconds. Also included will be 100 collapsible 2.5 gallon water carriers for individual families. The water from the filtration unit can either be "pressure on demand", or clean water can be pumped to a storage tank with a level control switch to activate the purification unit/pump.

The Sunspring Hybrid has no consumables that need to be replaced periodically. It is relatively maintenance free, with only the occasional backwash required. These units have been installed in third world and indigenous locations in 38 different countries. Part of our installation would include training local women in the operation and maintenance of the unit. In remote African villages, the women have proven to be much more reliable than the men in maintaining these units! Should a system problem occur (which are almost always very minor), Innovative Water Technologies is available via internet to resolve the problem. These units have been installed worldwide for over 20 years. EVSR members would be fully trained to install and start up the unit, and train the locals. Installation is typically done in 6 to 8 hours.

With Innovative Water Technologies, Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary would be responsible for procurement, transportation to Kutsutkao (fits in a Cessna 182 once de-crated), set up on site, and training. We have partnered with Club Rotario Morona in the town of Macas, in the Province of Morona Santiago in Ecuador, Club Rotario Puyo, Club Rotario Portoviejo to be in-country support partners. Obviously we will need some assistance in coordinating logistics in country. We are also partnered with a Tucson based non-profit organization and two Ecuadorian non-governmental organizations which are discussed in Section 6, Collaborators.

Timeline for this project is November 2024. Project funding will come from 3-5 clubs in Ecuador as well as D5440 clubs and private funds.

Several members from Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club will go to the Achuar for the installation, accompanied by Innovative Water Technologies who has installed these systems in over 38 countries.

Primary Host Partner

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Estes Valley Sunrise

Primary Contact: Jean Rissmiller

Email: jean.rissmiller@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

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Project Status

Need $34,150
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Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

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History Log Entries


by Jean Rissmiller

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Jean Rissmiller

System Entry: Pledge of $50,950 with $6,000 DDF by Jean Rissmiller of the Rotary Club of Estes Valley Sunrise, District 5440.

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