This project will provide financing for water for 58 households, sanitation financing for 40 families, and will pilot a cross-subsidization scheme for the remaining households without sanitation.
Water For People has worked in the Santa Cruz area doing mainly sanitation projects with BIBOSI, the partner NGO organization, since 2000, completing seven composting latrine projects.
The municipality of San Pedro, where Villa Rosario is located, is one where Water For People is committed to working for the next five years to make a sustainable impact on coverage figures and improve local partner's capacities to manage water and sanitation projects.
LocationSanta Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Households
Secondary Focus: Sanitation - Households
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 290
58 families will receive water via household tapstands with this project.
School Children Getting Water:
People Getting Sanitation: 290
40 families will receive household latrines,while the remaining 17 without sanitation will be covered through a water tariff cross-subsidization scheme.
People Getting Other Benefits: 290
All beneficiaries will participate in the health and hygiene education program with focus on improved handwashing practices.
Start Date: 2007-02-01
Completion Date: 2008-08-01
The project will employ both water and sanitation technologies. The water system will include a drilled well, electric pump, elevated storage tank, and distribution line to 58 household taps.
The sanitation technology to be used is composting latrines and at least one other locally relevant option (to be decided).
The first phase (6-8 months) includes the construction of the water system and first 40 latrines and trainings.The second phase will include the remaining latrines from the cross-subsidization.
The community has already requested this intervention from their local government office, the Municipality of San Pedro. The residents of Villa Rosario will each contribute in cash and in kind to both the water and sanitation interventions. A water board will be formed to manage the collection of tariffs and basic operation and maintenance tasks.
BIBOSI will conduct trainings in health and hygiene education with a focus on handwashing, financial management, and operations and maintenance of both water systems and latrines. Composting latrines are ecologically friendly when managed correctly, but require more training upfront than other types of latrines.
The Santa Cruz area of Bolivia is one of the few areas where composting latrines are being built. It is the goal of Water For People to introduce composting latrines as an option (among others) to communities in other parts of the country through workshops and exchange visits.
In addition to the hardware and software components of this project, Water For People and BIBOSI will pilot a financing scheme to test whether or not a water tariff cross-subsidization is feasible in this area of Bolivia. Sanitation projects often fail to reach scale or 100% coverage because once heavily-subsidized interventions are over, there is no way for new families or families excluded from the original intervetion to access sanitation facilities. Funding for this project will cover the cost of the water system and 40 latrines, training in health and hygiene, operations and maintenance, and financial management. The tariff collected from the water system will cover latrines for the remaining 17 families without them.
Indicators of success include the following:
1. Functioning household tap of adequate quantity and quality in each household.
2. Community management system in place responsible for tariff collection and ongoing operations and maintenance.
3. 40 latrines constructed with project finance are completed and being used hygienically.
4. 17 latrines are built using finance captured from water tariff.
5. This model of water tariff cross-subsidization is replicated elsewhere.
6. An improvement in at least one hygiene behavior (e.g handwashing).
The annual maintenance costs include monthly electricity bills ($25), a plumber's salary ($45), and the purchase of chlorine ($20). A tariff will be established that covers these operational costs as well as a surplus, which will cover remaining community members without latrines and new ones that may move into the area.
Water For People and BIBOSI will work with the local governmental office to provide technical training so that there will be a permanent source of technical support to the community once the project has ended.
Maintenance Cost: $1,080
Prior art before metrics
Please see the attached budget.
Co Funding Amount: $13,660
The Municipality of San Pedro (12,000) and the community of Villa Rosario (1300.00).
Community Contribution Amount: $1,660
Each community member will contribute $20 to the water system and latrine ($20 x 58=$1160). Beyond that, it is estimated that the value of in-kind labor is $500.
Fund Requested: $39,950
Implementing Organization: Water For People and BIBOSI
Water For People is partnering with BIBOSI, a registered NGO in Bolivia, and the municipality of San Pedro. BIBOSI has 16 years of experience implementing development projects in Bolivia. Bibosi works to promote an integrated development within the local communities through health initiatives, agricultural training, training, human resources, education and strengthening of the community with the active participation of the beneficiaries.