Rainwater harvesting systems for isolated schools in Chubut Province.
The heart of the Central Patagonian Plateau in Argentina is one of the most difficult geographies in the world, where only 20 mm of rainfall falls each month.
With the support of the Alstom Foundation and the experience gained from successfully implementing the project in other locations facing similar water and sanitation challenges, the Green Cross, in partnership with the organization Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles (OHTS), will apply this experience in six schools, located near Gan Gan, Gastre and Telsen, in the Chubut Province of the Argentinian Central Patagonian Plateau. Their technical know-how, local knowledge and existing relationships with local communities and authorities, will be key factors to develop this project, which will equip each school with rainwater harvesting systems and ecological latrines. Each of 257 children targeted by the project will receive about 320 litres of water per month for drinking and hygiene.
Following a successful first pilot-project in February 2010, SWGS is already deployed across some 40 communities in Ghana and Bolivia and provides clean drinking water to 40,000 people. In Gahna, 40% of the rural population does not have water to drink, while Bolivia has South America’s lowest water and sanitation coverage levels.