BARIO SAN ISIDRO, Escuela Jose Santos Quiñones

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San Isidro is one of the most populated barrios in Puerto Rico. Population growth in the area started when people settled in informal encampments following Hurricane Hugo. The river valley location elevates the risks of flooding from the river and rainwater. No drainage systems and limited sewage and water infrastructure creates dangerous conditions when flooding occurs. There is a lack of safe drinking water access made worse by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The community waited for water service, but it was turbid and treatment systems were still not functioning. Water at the school is used for bathing, washing clothes and to clean, but there is no confidence in its safety for consumption. Planet Water Foundation’s AquaTower system, supported by Xylem, will provide a vital resource for this resilient community to support their water needs as their long rebuilding process continues.

Remote Town Lacks Confidence in Water Supply
Where Untreated Water Sickens

“The community of San Isidro has a population of approximately 22,000 people. Currently it has 13 sectors that originated as “invasions” (squatters) following Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Two of these sectors (Villa Hugo and Valle Hills) don’t have any potable water. These families and sectors were established with little or no planning, regulations, or permits. Although the water source is from the Aquaduct and Sewage Authority (AAA) it has continual interruptions and there is no confidence in its water quality. This causes health problems such as diarrhea, stomach illnesses, and even leptospirosis. People are always needing to boil water or depend on acquiring bottled water. The grand majority, if not all, of the student population lives under the poverty level and purchasing bottled water is an unnecessary economic burden, in spite of already paying for the AAA water service. The installation of the water tower and filter will minimize the problem with the water and the process of teaching and learning will be implemented fully as a service for the community.”

– Elda Mireya Gautier Rios, Community Leader & Teacher

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