Developing countries have a long history of a lack of access to clean water and sanitation. According to the United Nations 2006 Human Development Report, 1.2 billion people are without access to safe water, half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related diseases, and almost 2 million children die yearly due to a lack of clean water and sanitation. Guatemala, a developing country located in Central America, is no exception. A 2009 UNICEF report indicated that only 34.2% of Guatemala’s rural population has access to safe water. The lack of safe drinking water and sanitation has led to the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. The researcher in this study reported on three community-based water initiatives in Guatemala that are attempting to make in-roads on improving water quality: 1) Community Water Initiative in Tzucubal, 2) Water for People in Quiche, and 3) the Rotary Club Water Project in Chimaltenango. Each project sought to improve the water in a community where potable water was not readily available. The project initiatives, methods, and impacts are provided.
|Keywords:||Guatemala, Safe Water Initiatives, Potable Water, Community-based Water Projects|
Department Chair, HEB School of Business and Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, USA
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