Clean water makes impact on Nueva Guinea

Chlorinator installation in Los Pintos

In December 2014, Self-Help International held a public exposition of the Clean Water Program, as well as a technical presentation of the CTI8 chlorinator for community leaders of the CAPS (Committee of Clean and Portable Water) in the Nueva Guinea municipal. There were 40 communities represented by CAPS leaders, more than seven technicians from the Water and Sanitation Mayor Office of Nueva Guinea (UMAS) and three consultants from the Social and Emergency Investment Fund of the Nicaraguan government (FISE), which dedicates itself to the construction of water systems and out houses in rural communities.

Technical presentation to leaders of Nueva Guinea

The activity was a success, as it explained to CAPS leaders the strategies, steps and goals of the Clean Water Program of Self-Help International, proposed to be completed in the year 2015. This includes the four major principal themes: “Justified aspects of the N°722 Law, organization, constitution, legalization and functioning of CAPS”, “Administration, operation and maintenance of rural aqueducts”, “Methodology and calculation of the water and rural aqueducts tariff,” and “the determination of residual bleach and bacterial analysis in the rural population’s water systems. “

CAPS leaders of Los Pintos

In January 2015, after the December meeting, approximately 840 km in community visits focused on the water systems, multiple contacts with CAPS members and community assemblies; the rural population and the CAPS leaders of the Nueva Guinea communities confirmed and approved the installation of the CTI8 manual chlorinators.

Orlando Montiel Salas, Self-Help International’s Clean Water Program official, visited the Los Laureles, San Pablo, Jacinto Baca, Talolinga and the Pintos of Nueva Guinea communities to meet with CAPS leaders, as well as with the general population, to explain the importance of supporting the treatment of crude water that the people drink, to familiarize the people with rural aqueducts and to study how the chlorinators would be installed.

Orlando successfully installed three chlorinators (CTI8s) in the Los Pintos and Talolinga communities, providing a clean water supply to 420 houses, disinfecting 71.16 cubic meters of water each day and benefitting 3,120 people. In these communities the water arrives directly from stone wells and water pumps. There is no form of treatment,

Technical presentation to leaders of Nueva Guinea

leaving the population to consume crude water.

Impact of the Clean Water Program (CTI8) in El Castillo, Empresa PALCASA

In January 2015, Self-Help’s Clean Water Program also enabled the installation of the CTI8 in the offices of the company PALCASA in El Castillo, Rio San Juan. This CTI8 chlorinator was installed around a plastic tank holding 1.85 cubic meters of water, which allowed for the adequate treatment of water provided from the nearby river. This benefits 6 housing communities and offices, where 150 people work each day. Self-Help representatives visited the company three times since December 2013 taking the owners of the company over a year to approve the installation of the CTI8 to provide clean water to workers.