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Keeping our Home Clean

Introduction

Colombia ranks third in the world as the country with most water. The main water sources for Colombians originate in the Andes mountains, an area which is suffering contamination and at risk of drying up. Also, Colombia faces a shortage of potable water due to deforestation and the expansion of agricultural land.

History

As most small villages in the Andes mountains, La Mesenia is composed of dispersed homes along the San Juan Antioquia river. Since their construction, houses lack adequate drains and management of waste water. All houses allow the wastewater to flow freely into waterways which in turn contaminate the San Juan Antioquia river.and its tributaries

Project Importance

THC has started a project to install modern septic tank systems to treat wastewater to avoid contamination of waterways in 25 houses of La Mesenia village. An inventory of homes and the number of people inhabiting each house has been done in order to determine the septic tank size to be installed. At the school and church, a larger capacity system will be installed. Every household will receive training in the maintenance and cleaning of the system in order to have an adequate management of wastewater. Installation of the first system at the school will start in early 2018.

Impact on Conservation

THC is committed to protecting water sheds by conserving Andean rainforests and avoiding contamination of the waterways by communities. We are looking for donors to support this health impacting environmental project.