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EWB-S&T began a partnership in Atahuallani, Bolivia in 2019. This community lies below Mount Illimani, about five hours away from the capital city of La Paz. The goal of our project is to provide clean water from a nearby source. The people of Atahuallani current water supply are contaminated by animal waste and runoff from a local mine.
The first step is a preliminary assessment trip which was completed in July of 2019 to identify and survey potential water sources. We have used this survey data to map where water flows from nearby glaciers down into Atahuallani. The community has requested not to use an existing canal to supply water to residents as the water flow is barely sufficient to maintain irrigation during the dry season. Therefore, we are considering using a natural canal located above Atahuallani. This plan is beyond anything we have done before, as this natural canal includes more than a thousand-foot drop in elevation in a short distance of a few thousand feet.
We will return to the community in early August 2020 to implement the first part of our water treatment and distribution design. We are very excited to establish our relationship with Atahuallani and continue meeting the challenges head-on.