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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
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.
Village: BARIO SAN ISIDRO
Beneficiaries (Students): 250
Village Population: 50,000 (approx)
“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.”
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