Honduras – Ocotal
The Ocotal Water Supply Project aims to bring a new distribution system to the communities of Ocotal and Potrerillos, located approximately 14 km from El Rosario. Ocotal is a community of 378 people with a 40 year old degrading system. The current source is unable to provide clean water at sufficient pressures, causing community members to boil and chlorinate their water or buy bottled water. The indigenous community of Potrerillos has 23 community members and currently retrieves their water from a nearby river with low water quality. Members of both communities reached out to EWB-USA NEU Honduras in 2014 with the location of a new source and hopes of a new water distribution system.
The Honduras Program visited the communities for the first time in August 2015 to assess the situation and take preliminary data for a new system. One priority for the trip was also to establish a relationship with the community. The travel team met with the community and Water Board and left the community with a good understanding of what this project will involve and what their responsibilities are moving forward. A Project Partnership Agreement was discussed, and the full document has been sent to the communities for signatures.
Moving forward, the Honduras Program plans on conducting a second assessment trip to complete the data collection needed to start design and construction on a new distribution system.