Water Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

El Salvador is a country on fire. It’s a hot, tropical country situated close enough to the equator that the sun feels to be just a little bit closer burning your skin, tanning it to a leathery condition. The land is literally on fire with burning magma chambers hidden nearly at any point beneath your feet. The wind blows hot drying out the grass. Strong sunlight ignites dry brittle grass blades creating fires that fill the sky with smoke hanging for days in the air between the mountains.

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El Salvador has two seasons – the dry and rainy. During the dry season people, animals, and the land remain parched and in the rainy season the land drowns in water and house slide down the sides of mountains burying everything in its path children, the neighbors, and livestock.

The Water Condition

 

Water is a basic human need and right yet here in this place in Las Delicias, El Salvador potable water is a luxury; his necessity to life is a rarity. This country the size of New Jersey with 6.1 million people vies for basic resources water being one of them.

El Salvador has a lovely coastline along the Pacific Ocean and has a number of large pristine crater lakes, but reservoirs are less. Villages outside of San Salvador must rely on pipes of water that occasionally pop out the ground creating a collection point as opposed to actually running into individual houses. If someone is lucky they can run a hose to the spout and hose water into collection tanks in their yard, other wise you must walk with water pots on your head a mile or more.

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Collection tanks then must be cared for and covered. If not, flies and mosquitos will deposit their larvae in the tanks breeding dengue. Parasitic disease is the most serious problem in the region and contaminated water is the culprit. Vegetables are washed with dirty water, dishes are cleaned with dirty water, and teeth are brushed with dirty water. FIMRC is working hard in Las Delicias to teach community members the connection between disease transmission and prevention. One such behavior change has been the move to a simple filtration system for drinking water.

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But still…

Why is there not clean potable water for everyone? Why is this not possible? This is a small country why must people go without water?

Where is the community outrage?

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