For Celia and her family in the Villa Rivero District of Bolivia, life has gotten easier in the past year.
“Since I was born, I used contaminated well water,” says Celia. “Now, we have access to safe water all the time – for cooking, bathing, and cleaning. Everything has improved.”
Celia’s family had a water connection installed in their house, eliminating the need to walk for water and the health issues associated with using contaminated water. In the district of Villa Rivero, where Celia’s family lives, every community has been reached with reliable water service – bringing the district one step closer to Everyone.
One of the reasons behind the success of drinking water services in Villa Rivero is the district’s municipal water and sanitation office – the Municipal Office of Basic Sanitation (DMSB). The DMSB oversees and supports the water committees that manage community water systems like the one in Celia’s town. Developing and supporting offices like the DMSB is critical to ensuring water services are sustainable for generations to come.
Carlos Cordova and Henry Montenegro work with Villa Rivero’s DMSB, and they’re working to maintain coverage for every community – and eventually every single household.