Program Updates

Last phase of the LWR - Tomarrazón project

Posted Nov 11, 2013

The six month Tomarrazón project is a match to the Lazos de Agua project financed by Lutheran World Relief (LWR). After legalizing the water association (ASOAATOM) in Tomarrazón, a community of 2,200 people, the next phase was strengthening the water association with the tools and knowledge to be a productive and efficient water association that provides a sustainable water service to Tomarrazón. This consisted of the following tasks:

• Procured tools, pipeline components, computer as well as a printer, uniforms, logo and camera for the ASOAATOM office.

• Provided administration training on creating and organizing invoices and receipts for the monthly water fee that is being collected from the community.

• Provided a technical guide on how to operate and maintain the water aqueduct.

• Provided a guide on how to legalize a water association as well as how to administer it.

There was also hardware solutions provided to the community that includes the following solutions:

• Repaired and improved the water inlet that is the main source of water for Tomarrazón.

• Rehabilitated an elevated tank at the vocational school, which provides untreated water to the toilet facilities.

• Built a water station in the vocational school for the students and employees connected to a SkyHydrant filter.

• Added one water meter in the community and two water meters at the vocational school to calculate the water consumption on a regular basis.

• Painted two murals, one at the vocational school and one in the community, to promote the importance of taking care of their water sources.

• Placed over 20 Posters in strategic locations to promote the importance of conserving water, paying the monthly water fee as well as keeping the environment clean.

The one technical solution that has not functioned correctly is the water meter installed in the community to calculate the total water consumption. The quality of water from the river has too many sediments, which is affecting the accuracy of the water meter. Aguayuda and the water meter company are investigating on how best to solve this issue.

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