The Capellania water committee partnered with the Arani district government and Water For People to dig a second well and build another water tower to make sure every family in the town had safe water. All the community members helped dig the well and trenches for the second water system, just like they had for the first.
They completed the system last year, and now every family in the growing town has water.
“Now, we feel free to use water whenever we want,” says Miguel. “For cooking, washing hands, taking a bath.”
Miguel and Amadeo now have confidence that every family will have the water they need to live happily and healthily. They want it to stay that way Forever, so now they’re focusing their water committee’s efforts on sustainability.
To make sure their community’s water supply is sustainable, the committee adjusted the water tariff based on a tool Water For People developed called AtWhatCost. The tool helps communities understand all the costs associated with operation and maintenance of their system and make sure finances are available for future repairs. Amadeo even utilized his background in computer repair to develop a software for accurately collecting tariffs.
“Before, when the records from reading micrometers were kept manually, people were often arguing about the price,” says Amadeo. “Now with this software, families are confident they’re paying for exactly what their micrometer says they use.”
Each year, the district organizes a fair about drinking water, and all the district’s water committees participate and share their practices in maintaining their system. At the fair, the mayor presents an award to the water committee that is best managing their water system.
“Of the 40 water committees that participated in the fair, we have won the past two years,” says Amadeo, clearly proud of their accomplishment. “We’ve demonstrated that we are managing the system well and taking on the responsibility of sustainability.”