WTW’s Amazonian Home Base: Leticia, Colombia
Key Information: Although the Amazon region is abundant with water, it is very polluted and contaminated due to boat transportation and lack of improved sanitation. The area is in dire need of water access and filtration technologies.
WTW’s Impact: Since operations began in 2013, WTW has reached an estimated 5,494 beneficiaries with clean water.
Water Solutions Used: Well Construction, Well Repair, and Rainwater Harvesting
The Amazon Rainforest is 2.1 million square miles in size, and expands into nine different countries in South America. The main portion of the Amazon River and Rainforest run through Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Although the river holds a great deal of water, it is highly contaminated. Boat travel, which is prominent in this region, as well as human and artificial waste all combine, leaving the water unsafe to drink. Because the river is the local communities’ main source of water, they suffer from high levels of infectious disease, with the greatest of these being bacterial diarrhea. During the rainy reason, the river will rise and flood, leaving many of the wells underwater and inaccessible. The region called Tres Fronteras along the Amazon river in which Wine To Water works is extremely remote, sometimes taking more than 10 hours to reach by boat. Because of this many of the communities we touch do not have access to knowledge and information about clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Wine To Water is unique, in that we are one of the few organizations able to consistently reach into these rural communities and provide sustainable clean water access. The people of the Amazon have a right to improved water sources, sanitation facilities, and education for better hygiene. Wine to water is committed to working in the Amazon to empower communities and provide improved access to water.
Wine to Water’s Impact
In 2013, Wine To Water started work in the Amazon to provide clean water access and filtration technologies for indigenous populations living along the Amazon River. Since operations began in 2013, Wine To Water has provided clean water to an estimated 5,494 beneficiaries, with 3,028 beneficiaries reached in the 2015–2016 year. The future impacts and outcomes will greatly increase as Wine To Water continues developing sustainable solutions to provide safe water access.
Water Solutions Used
Programs in the Amazon are based out of Leticia, Colombia, and mainly implemented in Peru. Wine to Water’s main goal is providing water access to indigenous communities living along the Amazon River. Solutions used for these communities are concentrated on well repair, well construction, and rainwater harvesting. Elevated well platforms are also constructed to protect well sites from flooding during the rainy season.
In order to implement effective water strategies in the Amazon, Wine To Water uses a portable drill rig that can be transported by canoe. Community members are integrated into the well drilling process as well as receive training on well ownership and maintenance.