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Case Study

Providing the Colombian remote Wayuu Tribe with safe drinking water

  • Site Name

    Guajira, Wayuu Tribal Land

  • Location

    Bahia Hondita, Colombia

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Goal

Located on the farthest tip of the La Guajira peninsula in Bahia Hondita, Colombia, members of the Wayuu tribe needed access to safe, secure drinking water despite the remote nature of their indigenous community.

Challenge
Until recently, residents of Bahia Hondita faced what seemed to be an impossible set of barriers to providing safe water for their community. Cut off from the rest of the country with no roads or infrastructure, Bahia Hondita’s residents lacked access to piped, bottled or even trucked water. Instead, they relied on unsafe brackish water from a local borehole. Without an existing water and electric supply, the Colombian government and NGOs had difficulty finding a solution to Bahia Hondita’s layered water challenges.

 

Overhead View of Hydropanels in Bahia Hondita Desert Hero

Overhead View of Hydropanels in Bahia Hondita Desert Hero

SOURCE Project

In partnership with Conservation International and in support of the Colombian Vice Ministry of Water’s efforts to expand access, SOURCE® installed two community-scale Hydropanel arrays in Bahia Hondita, La Guajira, one of the most remote communities in the region.

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