plan 62Kerani Drinking Water Project


Project creates household taps, public taps in schools, main square, health center and cemetery and central water piping system. Committee will be formed to maintain the new system, along with hygiene education.


The Canton of Kerani is located in the Third Section of the Province of Los Andes, Department of La Paz, Bolivia. It is part of the municipal jurisdiction of Batallas, Bolivia. The population of Kerani has an economy based on agricultural activity, principally producing potatoes, quinoa and barley and secondarily shepherding sheep and cows.

People are busiest with work during the planting (September to November) and harvesting (April to May) seasons. As a result of this schedule, the community is more apt to participate in communal efforts between December and March, and between June and September.

Typical housing in the community comprises houses built out of adobe, with roofs of straw or aluminum sheeting. Communal service activities consist of improvements and maintenance of roads, interfamilial work efforts under the spirit of "ayni" (today for you, tomorrow for me), and others. In the community, Aymara is spoken as well as Spanish.

Presently the Cantón of Kerani lacks access to safe drinking water. The current problems with the water supply include the use of contaminated water from open wells and rivers with excessive turbidity, especially following heavy rains. Although these water sources are unsafe for drinking or use, they are all people have and some will walk great lengths to retrieve the commodity. In the dry season, the flow of the water sources decreases, requiring community members, especially women and children, to walk and carry water for even greater distances. As a result, the community members have determined access to safe drinking water to be their top priority.


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Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Drinking Water - Schools

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 625

125 families

School Children Getting Water:

People Getting Sanitation: 625

People Getting Other Benefits:

Start Date: 2004-12-01

Completion Date: 2005-12-01

Technology Used:

Gravity fed water system by tapping 3 springs, small collection and break pressure tanks, and 125 household taps, plus 3 community taps.


One phase

Community Organization:

A Drinking Water Committee capable of performing the required repair, maintenance and administration of a drinking water system will be formed.

Government Interaction:

Ancillary activities:

Other Issues:

The Kerani Drinking Water System Project has the following objectives:

Permit each family access to household taps.
Decrease the effort required of children and women to transport water.
Eliminate the consumption of contaminated water from open wells and rivers.
Increase the water consumption per inhabitant in feeding, drinking and cleaning.
Decrease the prevalence of diarrhea, which often causes infant mortality.
Provide a self-sustaining drinking water system.

The Kerani Drinking Water System Project is expected to have the following results:

125 household taps
Public tapstands in the elementary school, junior high/high school, main square, health center and cemetery
3 intake works (spring catchment works)
2 small collection tanks in the main supply line
2 break-pressure tanks in the main supply line
1 storage tank of 20 m^3
Approximately 8.9 Km of piping
Decrease of the gastro-intestinal illnesses.
Hygienic management of the food and utensils.
Increase the community members’ sense of self-esteem, by knowing that there are ways to improve their quality of life.
A Drinking Water Committee capable of performing the required repair, maintenance and administration of a drinking water system.

The beneficiaries of the Kerani Drinking Water System are the following:

125 families (625 people) (not including the elementary and junior high/high schools), the current population of Canton Kerani, would benefit with a new drinking water system.
A school with 125 students from first grade to fifth grade (Pedro Domingo Murillo).
A junior high and high school with 450 students from 6th grade to 12th grade (Republic of Colombia). Note students from the surrounding rural communities come to Kerani to attend junior high and high school.

Maintenance Revenue:

Maintenance Cost:


Prior art before metrics

Cost: $12,298


Co Funding Amount:

Community Contribution Amount:

Fund Requested: $12,298


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Name Status Completion Date Final Cost
Kerani Drinking Water Project completed Dec 2005 10,500