Saneamiento Ambiental

Sewage Waters

Sewage pipeline or extractor

Based on the scientific investigation that began in 2009, the authorities that govern the lake urgently need to elaborated the Master Plan for the treatment of the Sewage of the basin of Lake Atitlan, that among other things it has to contemplate technological options that will eliminate the entrance of all raw sewage and contamination to the...

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Sewage pipeline or extractor

Based on the scientific investigation that began in 2009, the authorities that govern the lake urgently need to elaborated the Master Plan for the treatment of the Sewage of the basin of Lake Atitlan, that among other things it has to contemplate technological options that will eliminate the entrance of all raw sewage and contamination to the lake.

In 2012, sanitary engineers of the University of Chico, California; the College of Engineers of Guatemala and the University of San Carlos of Guatemala presented the only viable solution for the rescue of the lake: The sewage pipeline or extractor.

Since its disclosure, Amigos del Lago, has supported this proposal. We want this project to have a solid local support base and to that end we have started promotional efforts within the community and local authorities.

 

Treatment Plant

In 2012 we inaugurated the waste water treatment plant in the municipality of Santa Catarina Palopó, with the collaboration of the committee of that locality.

The action was fundamental because it treats 60% of the 100,000 daily gallons of contaminated water that the population generates and discharges in the lake.

The investment was 100,000 dollars. The cost of the monthly operation is approximately 1,300.00 dollars.

Even though waste water treatment plants (WWTP) are not the solution to the saving Lake Atitlan, at least they eliminate floating solids and some of the pollutants that are-over abundant in sewage water. Such a phase is the first step of the integral project that promotes taking out all sewage from the basin.

 

 


Our goal is to give technical and scientific accompaniment, as well as promote the pipeline or extractor in the communities and among local and national authorities.

 

 

 

 

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Solid Waste

 

In 2011 we installed a collection center for recycling and generating organic fertilizers in the village of Cerro de Oro. That center is managed by the municipality of Santiago Atitlan.

In alliance with the Authority for the Sustainable Management of the Basin of Lake Atitlán and its surrounding areas (AMSCLAE) and the organization Mas Vale Limpio, we provide educational...

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In 2011 we installed a collection center for recycling and generating organic fertilizers in the village of Cerro de Oro. That center is managed by the municipality of Santiago Atitlan.

In alliance with the Authority for the Sustainable Management of the Basin of Lake Atitlán and its surrounding areas (AMSCLAE) and the organization Mas Vale Limpio, we provide educational programs in homes, schools, churches, and stores, to teach how to classify waste: organic, glass, carton, cans, and plastic for recycling.

We give the community containers for the adequate separation, and we have a collaborator that monitors continually the good functioning of the system of integral handling of solid waste, from it pick-up to its final disposition. Our coverage is 500 houses, or approximately 50% of the community.

 

 

 


Our goal is to better the infrastructure of the collection center, its financial sustainability and to widen the cleanup train to the remaining 50% of the population.

 

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Water Filters

 

We have managed to build and implement seven community water filters to provide drinkable water at a low cost for the population. The administration of this service and its income are in the charge of women’s groups or co-ops. Our facilitators supervise the functioning, maintenance, and technical support necessary for the water filters.

The towns benefited are: San...

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We have managed to build and implement seven community water filters to provide drinkable water at a low cost for the population. The administration of this service and its income are in the charge of women’s groups or co-ops. Our facilitators supervise the functioning, maintenance, and technical support necessary for the water filters.

The towns benefited are: San Antonio Palopó, San Juan La Laguna, Las Canoas in San Andres Semetabaj, San Marcos La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, Cerro de Oro y Santa Catarina Palopó.
This program is possible with the help of the Presbyterian Church Lafayette.

The purifying system works through filtration, moderate chlorination, micro filtration and ozonizing of the water that comes from public water service.

In the first phase the sediments are filtered, then the liquid arrives at the chlorinator where low doses of hypochlorite of calcium are added to avoid algae formation.

The filtered micro eliminates odors and soap residuals to go through the last phase of ozonizing that eliminates bacteria’s and microorganisms. Finally the water can be bottled and is suitable for human consumption.

 

 

 


Our challenge is to be able to install more filters in other communities around Lake Atitlan.

 

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