Achocalla lagoon
Local residents and tourists liked to relax along the shores of the Achocalla lagoon. But unsanitary conditions in the snack bars caused diseases.

What approach does the Drinking Water for Achocalla initiative take?

Achocalla is located near the La Paz and El Alto metropolitan areas, and its small lagoon makes the community a popular local recreation spot. But as its population grows, water has become increasingly scarce. But not even this water is really suited for drinking because it is polluted by nearby agricultural and livestock operations. The area has no functioning wastewater treatment. Achocalla is just one example for the lack of adequate water and sewage services in the Andean region.

With our projects in the area of Basic Services & Entrepreneurship, we contribute to overcoming these supply deficits with the help of technical solutions and a socio-entrepreneurial approach. The aim of the Drinking Water for Achocalla project is to improve the quality of water for residents and tourists. The solutions developed in this community can also be adopted in other rural regions.

From the start, the project was planned in close cooperation with the Achocalla community. The idea for the project came from the residents.

What are the project’s main components?

  • Opening a water kiosk with SkyHydrant water filters

    A water kiosk was built on the lagoon to ensure the supply of drinking water for the restaurants and snack bars along the shore. The installed SkyHydrant membrane filter removes suspended particles, bacteria, and viruses from the water. The kiosk was planed in cooperation with the Achocalla municipal administration. Local contractors were responsible for its construction. Restaurant owners on the lagoon now operate the water kiosk as a collective.

  • Launching a small business to produce inexpensive drinking water filters

    Ceramic filters are a simple but effective method to purify water in households. They are able to produce crystal clear water without the use of electricity. Bacteria cannot pass through the pores of the filter element, which is treated with colloidal silver. Purified water can be safely stored in the filter as well. A small enterprise to produce filters from local clay has already been launched in Achocalla, and several residents have found jobs there. Production of the filters, which members of the community can purchase at low cost, will begin shortly.

  • Hygiene training courses for improved health

    Information material has been prepared to educate Achocalla residents on the importance of clean drinking water to prevent diseases. The handouts and, above all, safe drinking water are making a significant contribution to improved health in the community.