• Achocalla community
    The Achocalla community came up with the initiative: They were fed up with the polluted water and resulting diseases.
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  • Achocalla community
    Polluted water was used to prepare food and wash dishes in restaurants. Customers complained of stomach aches.
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  • Lake shore at Achocalla
    “Cleaning up is a good thing, but it is even better not to pollute in the first place,” reads a sign at the lake’s shore.
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  • Achocalla residents
    From the start, the project was planned and implemented in cooperation with the residents of Achocalla.
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  • Water kiosk Achocalla
    The first goal is achieved: the installation of a water kiosk that secures the supply of drinking water for the restaurants on the lake.
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  • Water kiosk Achocalla
    The kiosk is equipped with a SkyHydrant membrane filter that removes suspended particles, bacteria and viruses from the water.
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Siemens Stiftung supports the “Drinking Water for Achocalla” initiative, which was launched to improve the poor supply of drinking water in the Achocalla community near La Paz. To that end, a water kiosk was installed on the shore of the nearby lagoon, a popular destination for local residents and tourists alike. A mobile water filter in the kiosk – the SkyHydrant – removes suspended particles, bacteria, and viruses, thus securing the supply of drinking water for the restaurant and snack bars on the lagoon.

In addition, a small enterprise has been established to produce inexpensive clay filters for Achocalla households. Both initiatives focus on economic sustainability. The production and marketing of the simple clay water filters create income opportunities. The sale of safe drinking water at the kiosk also generates enough revenue to cover costs and to contribute to improving local tourism.

The solutions introduced to improve the drinking water situation in Achocalla will be published in a project documentation that could help extend the collective experience to other regions.