The Simple Necesity of Clean Water Kru Nikode, Panama
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When a person turns a faucet to pour themselves a glass of water, it is easy to forget how vital that simple act is. Personal hygiene, disease prevention, and tremendous efficiency are met by having a clean and consistent source of water near the home. This was the crisis confronting the city of Kru Nikode in Panama. Living near a stream, the people of the village had been dependant on this natural source for all of their water needs. As the city got bigger, constant trips down to the river took up an increasingly large part of villagers’ time. Even more problematic was that the city also did not contain lavatories. Unfortunately, the river also came to serve this purpose. These unsanitary practices became a problem that could no longer be tolerated. Spurred by the challenge, the local Peace Corps Volunteer and the town’s residents began to collaborate on developing a source of clean water. Using a very organic fund raising approach, the community contribution came from all 140 residents of the village. This helped to give the community ownership over the project and a passion to see it accomplished. By tapping into a local spring, a sustainable infrastructure now brings water into every household in the village. In order for the village to maintain stable water usage during the dry season, a 2,500 gallon water tank has also been constructed. Most importantly, the water being brought in is filtered, which will play a tremendous role in combating disease. This project has done more than just improve the health and well being of the community. Residents have created a more formal community structure to create and administer the aqueduct. They have also discovered that by working together they can set their sights higher and accomplish more ambitious projects than they had ever imagined by working alone.