Work on the Water Reservoir in Maldonado has started
Mano a Mano has recently started the clearing/cleaning of the site where the reservoir levee will be constructed. All the black soil from this whole area will be removed and ultimately replaced. After the clearing/cleaning is accomplished, personnel will be digging 4 meters into the ground (and 3.5 meters wide) to remove unwanted soil in order to replace it with the proper mixture of clay, gravel, and moisture in preparation for the construction of the levee wall.
Water Projects like this One Are in High Demand
With the severe drought currently affecting Bolivia, water projects like this one are especially important to help rural communities manage their resources.
Mano a Mano Engineer Boris Rodriguez working at Maldonado, May 2017. As with many of our projects, the working conditions are difficult: it is about 14,000 feet above sea level, and it is cold, wet, and windy.
Site of Maldonado reservoir.
14 Photos from February 2017: Starting Survey Work on the Water Project in Maldonado, Bolivia
Mano a Mano’s Most Recently Completed Water Project in Wirkini
Ivo Velasquez from Mano a Mano’s counterpart organization Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo talks about the impact our newest water reservoir project in Wirkini will have for the communities in the area; we completed this reservoir in October 2016. The reservoir provides access to water for more than 2,000 people in the 5 communities in the area. People were extremely happy with the completion of the project, saying that the reservoir is the “inheritance that they will give to their children.”
Each Project is a Partnership
In the near future, Maldonado will be able to benefit from improved access to water like the communities in Wirkini. Every project that Mano a Mano does is a partnership that includes many people working together (learn more about our partnership model here).
A local woman works on the Wirkini reservoir in 2016. The community is always actively involved in every Mano a Mano project.