The Clean Water Project is a cooperative effort to establish safe water for the tens of thousands of people in rural northern Sinaloa, México through the installation of Biosand filters in all villages.
The people of rural Sinaloa are the indigenous Mayo, Yaqui and Tarahumara people whose only source of water is the contaminated Rio Fuerte.
Water-borne disease rate is high, children are ill and cannot attend school. The incidence of Hepatitis A, and disorders resulting from e. coli contamination are high.
There is a current humanitarian crisis involving the Tarahumara of the Sierre Madre who have been driven from their homes by drug violence in the Copper Canyon area. Approximately 150 families have fled to our region of Sinaloa without food, shelter, clothing or access to clean water. They are not registered Mexican citizens and thus have no access to government aid.
The objectives of this project are to treat all communities within a 100km range of El Fuerte, Sinaloa, ranging from the north in Choix, Sinaloa to Los Mochis in the south, the area of highest indigenous concentration. We estimate that the project will provide clean water for over 100,000 people. The project involves teaching the local people to test their own water and water sanitation training. We have developed a train-the-trainer system of modules in health, hygiene and water sanitation which will be spread throughout the region along with the installation of filtration.
Our 2020 goal is to eliminate water-borne disease in our area by providing Biosand filters to all communities in our catchment area.
As of July 2018, 60 filters have been successfully installed in eight communities within 95km of El Fuerte.