Water Systems

Northeastern EWB students in fieldWhen ACTS first came to El Rosario, the community did not have safe drinking water, nor did it have any sort of sanitary facilities.  ACTS has been working in partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Northeastern University chapter) since 2004.  Together, we have helped multiple communities construct, repair and expand their water systems. Now, in those villages water is distributed to every family and each has a latrine.

Working on a water systemMost sources are mountain springs. Water is filtered and contained behind a dam, piped to a large storage tank high above but close to village and finally distributed to each household. The water is used for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene, showers, laundry, livestock and irrigation. Importantly, EWB works with the villagers to ensure that they have the technical knowledge and organizational capacity to operate care for and finance repairs of the system. EWB has developed gravity flow systems in   El Rosario, El Tecuan, Los Planes, El Chaguite, La Reynada and Los Oreros, and more recently a pumped system for El Carrizalito. In 2016, EWB started working on plans for the village of Ocatal.

Woman carrying water in El CarrizalitoEl Carrizalito, sometimes referred to as the Village in the Clouds, is perched on a mountaintop near El Rosario. Families get their water from a spring situated a quarter of a mile bellow the village. Until late 2014, women and children carried pails of water weighing forty pounds from the spring to their homes twice a day. EWB with help from ACTS and in collaboration with a Honduran electric company brought in electrical transmission lines to the spring, installed a pump to get water to the village, and with tremendous volunteer input from the people of El Carrizalito, built a storage tank and distribution system in the village. The project was completed in 2015.

All hands helping in Los Oreros


Photo Gallery: Water Systems