Our goal is to eliminate water-borne disease in all of rural, northern Sinaloa, Mexico through a cooperative effort to install Biosand filters to provide safe drinking water to all 100,000 residents.
Nuestro objetivo es eliminar las enfermedades transmitidas por el agua en todas las zonas rurales del norte de Sinaloa, México, a través de un esfuerzo cooperativo para instalar filtros Biosand para proporcionar agua potable segura a los 100,000 residentes.
Water filters installed
People with access to clean water
Cost per year per person to provide safe drinking water
THE CLEAN WATER PROJECT.
The people of rural Sinaloa are largely the indigenous Mayo, Yaqui and Tarahumara people whose only source of water is the contaminated Rio Fuerte or contaminated ground water. Prior to intervention, water-borne disease rate was high, children were ill and could not attend school. The incidence of Hepatitis A, and disorders resulting from E. coli contamination were high.
The Clean Water Project was a cooperative effort to establish safe water for the tens of thousands of people in rural northern Sinaloa, México through the education, water hygiene and installation of Biosand filters in all villages. In the areas using filters, water-borne disease has reduced to near zero.
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
The people of rural Sinaloa are the Spanish and the indigenous Mayo and Tarahumara people who do not have any access to clean water; rather their only source of water is the highly contaminated Rio Fuerte. The Mexican government has no plans to assist these poor rural peoples, numbering in the tens of thousands.
Compounding the issue is the 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 of any kind.
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. In each of the areas where water filters have been installed, the incidence of water-borne disease has increased to near zero. (p<.001)
The objective of this project was to treat all communities within a 100km range of El Fuerte, Sinaloa. This area ranges from the north in Choix, Sinaloa to Los Mochis in the south in Sinaloa, the area of highest concentration of indigenous Mayo & Tarahumara.
Identifying Areas of Greatest Need
Water Sanitation Training
An estimated 100,000 people in rural Northern Sinaloa are still in need of access to clean water.
Biosand filter installation is labor intensive but long-lasting. See the PDF provided below for a full explanation of this process and the required materials.
The project involves teaching the local people to test their own water quality, and water sanitation training. We have developed a train-the-trainer system of modules in health, hygiene and water sanitation which must be spread throughout the region along with the installation of filtration.