Dirty water coming out of your kitchen faucet would cause you to call a plumber and your city water company. What good is a faucet if the water that comes out of it is constantly dirty and not safe to drink? This is what is happening to existing water systems all over Honduras and the rest of South and Central America right now – water systems were put in many years ago, but the local people weren’t trained on how to maintain them so that high quality water continues to flow out of them.
This project will provide clean and safe drinking water in 30 rural communities located within the Puca Wildlife Refuge of Gracias Lempira, Honduras where over 25,900 people live with poor quality water. The water systems already exist, but the water is not currently safe or clean. EOS is employing US Forest Service’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) graduates as trained and dedicated Circut Riders to expand the access to safe drinking water by installing chlorinators and then monitoring the water quality monthly. This partnership is critical in this area as it empowers the youth to share best and safe water practices with their families and communities. These YCC graduates will be trained and will help create, develop and implement training plans specific to their community and its land features to protect and improve their watershed.