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Nuevas Ilusiones is a community within the Ixcán
municipality of the El Quiché department of Guatemala, about 2 miles south of
the Mexican border. Currently home to approximately 350 inhabitants, the Nuevas
Ilusiones area has trouble retaining water in the local wells during the
January-May dry season. This was not an issue in the past, but began occurring
as a frequent problem in the 1980’s and 1990’s when rains decreased.
It is the intent of this project to develop a water transportation, storage, and distribution system within the community which will provide ideal amounts of potable water and reduce the health risks which are currently endured.
The initial assessment trip was completed in May 2012. It allowed the project team to establish a relationship with the community, while increasing its knowledge of the available resources in and around Nuevas Ilusiones. Over the next year, a well was designed that would fulfill the water demands of the community during the dry season. An implementation team then traveled to the community in March of 2014 to support the well drilling and installation of the pump. More information was gathered to help plan the water filtration, storage, and distribution systems.
EWB-HOI is committed to supporting the efforts in Nuevas Ilusiones for five years. This will allow our chapter to provide a sustainable source of water, lasting years into the future and allowing for healthy growth in the community. Now that the well has been drilled and pump installed, we are developing water storage, filtration, and distribution systems. These will allow easy and clean access to the water for all members of the community.