On March 2, 2019 the community of San Antonio Granadilla gathered to celebrate a monumental achievement - the completion of their community water project. In partnership with Starbucks and MiiR, Water1st provided the financial resources needed to construct the project. Its local partner, COCEPRADIL, designed the project and managed the construction process. The community provided thousands of hours of labor to build it.
• 1 spring developed as a water source
• 3.5 miles of pipeline, 6,000-gallon storage tank
• 34 households connected to water system
• Water meters at every home
Water1st projects are designed to end the walk for water.
“We don’t accept partial solutions that shorten the walk for water or make it less strenuous. We end it. A completed project has a tap at the household with water available 24/7. The result is a project that community members value highly. We have heard people speak of these water projects as defining moments in the history of a community. The project changes their lives so drastically, they can refer to themselves as ‘the way they were before the project’ or ‘the way it is now that the project is completed.’”
Water1st projects in Honduras provide each household with a water connection. The extra pipe and fixtures increase the total project cost, but the dividend is enormous. Household connections reduce the burden of fetching water to zero. Water use increases to 20 gallons per person per day. In a short time, the extra cost is totally outweighed by time-savings and improved health conditions. Constructed at every house is a hygiene station that includes a faucet and sink (a pila), a shower room and a toilet room. Each family repays the cost of the hygiene station over two years. That money goes into a revolving loan fund that covers the cost of hygiene stations for the next project.
Following the inauguration celebration, individual households were visited by Water1st staff to see the completed work. Neti Sanchez was one of many who expressed her relief to have access to safe water. She has taken her children to the hospital many times to treat serious cases of diarrhea. This project will prevent those illnesses and save her family the anxiety and financial burden.