Poster from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Poster Set (Spanish), CAWST
A new WASH resource centre, providing training, technical consulting and educational resources to local NGOs, government agencies and community groups, is set to open in Honduras in 2014.
The Water Expertise and Training (WET) Center will be run by Pure Water for the World in partnership with the Center for Affordable Water Technology (CAWST).
Earlier in 2013, the two non-profits launched a Caribbean WET Center in Haiti. CAWST is seeking additional funding for two more WET Centers in Bolivia and Peru.
CAWST started the WET Centre Program in 2008. Now in its 2nd phase, the program has secured funding through CIDA’s Muskoka initiative to expand from three to eight WET Centers by the end of 2014. Besides in Haiti, there will be centres in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Laos, Nepal and Zambia.
Pure Water for the World is small non-profit based in Vermont, USA, with projects in Haiti and Honduras. Canadian-based CAWST provides educational, training and technical support services in water and sanitation to over 400 organizations in 63 countries.
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Source: Pure Water for the World, 10 Dec 2013
In order to ensure drinking water supply during the summer of 2011, officials of the national water authority SANAA (Servicio Autónomo Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillado) to continue rationing.
Ricardo Velasquez, SANAA’s assistant manager, said water would only be supplied every other day.
Neighbourhoods that receive water through local water and sewerage associations will continue to receive water once or twice a week. Areas without house connections and upper parts of the city will be supplied through tankers.
The measures are necessary to ensure water supply not only through 2011 but also in 2012, Velasquez said.
Source: El Heraldo [in Spanish], 02 Nov 2010
A project to improve water management in the capital Tegucigalpa is one of two first projects that the climate change Adaptation Fund has approved. The two projects (the other is in Senegal) together are worth US$ 14 million.
The proposal for the Tegucigalpa project was put forward by the Government of Honduras through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
This project will reduce the vulnerability of at least 13,000 of the poorest households in the capital region of Tegucigalpa in Honduras by improving water management. The region already suffers from a constant water shortage in many of its poor neighborhoods and an inability to harness the occasional heavy rains that cause floods and landslides resulting from rising temperatures brought about by climate change.
The Adaptation Fund Besides receives direct contributions from developed countries, and through about 2 percent on credits generated by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) set up under the Kyoto Protocol, which in turn operates under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Source: Adaption Fund, 17 Sep 2010 ; IRIN, 24 Sep 2010
Honduran national water authority Sanaa is replacing 1,500km of damaged pipelines with a donation from the Spanish government, Sanaa spokesperson Allan Aragón told BNamericas. The initiative has a budget of 14mn lempiras (US$735,702) and will be carried out in two neighbourhoods in capital Tegucigalpa. Sanaa is also carrying out key initiatives to improve Tegucigalpa’s water network with a US$40mn donation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Read full article on: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 09 Apr 2010
Water levels in the Los Laureles and La Concepción reservoirs, serving Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, are at less than 30% of capacity. The situation has forced national water authority Sanaa to apply stricter water rationing measures.
Read full articles on: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 31 Mar 2010 ; BNamericas.com, 25 Mar 2010
A pilot project in Honduran capital Tegucigalpa has increased solid waste collection by 75% . The city’s solid waste division has started to collect garbage at night.
Read full article on: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 11 Mar 2010
Honduran water authority Sanaa has started operating three deepwater wells to increase water supply to the inhabitants of capital Tegucigalpa. A drought is affecting Tegucigalpa due to the climate phenomenon El Niño . Sanaa will also increase water rationing.
In February 2010, local paper El Heraldo reported that Sanaa was considering using cloud seeding to induce rain to combat the severe drought.
Read full articles on: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 10 Mar 2010 ; BNamericas.com, 08 Feb 2010
A recent water and sanitation sector analysis reported that in 2001, Honduras had reached water coverage of 80% of its total population and 70% of those living in rural areas. But the same study revealed that water quantity and
quality are not adequate, and suggested that the existing infrastructure poses a serious health risk to citizens. An alarming 90% of the water supply is intermittent and unreliable.
This study found that only 44% of the water provided is effectively disinfected and that there is a lack of adequate water quality control and monitoring, especially in rural areas.
Many rural communities have no water infrastructure whatsoever.
Sanitation coverage in Honduras is improving, reaching 68% of the total population but only 50% of the rural populace. There is virtually no sewerage service in rural areas, where latrines are the only practical option for the safe
disposal of human waste. Half of the rural population has no sanitation facilities at all.
Water For People helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education programs.
Water For People–Honduras supports 15 to 20 communities each year, helping approximately 15,000 people and plans for growth over the next five years, with a goal of achieving 95% water and sanitation coverage in the three
districts in which it works. It will also work on increasing hand-washing practices by 50%.
Typical projects include protected springs, gravity-fed water systems, pumped water systems, storage tanks, and pour-flush latrines.
Working closely with its in-country staff, Water For People has developed an ambitious strategic plan to make a more meaningful impact in meeting the water and sanitation needs in Honduras between 2007-2011.
Related news: Output-Based Aid: challenges for OBA Facility for the water and sanitation sector in Honduras, Source Weekly, 22 January 2010.
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Honduran water authority Sanaa has announced further water rationing in capital Tegucigalpa to combat the drought affecting the region. The majority of neighborhoods will now only receive water twice a week due to the falling water levels. The city’s plight is due to the effects of the climate phenomenon El Niño which has reduced rainfall in many Central and South American countries.
Read full article on: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 03 Feb 2010
The Central American mezzanine infrastructure fund (Camif), which closed in 2009 at US$150mn, is offering long-term funding in 10 Latin American countries. The fund’s partners are IDB, the World Bank’s IFC, the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei), the Mexican Fondo de Fondos (CMIC) and the Finnish fund for Industrial Cooperation (Finnfund).
The fund will focus on traditional infrastructure projects but it will also invest in related sectors such as water and sanitation, wastewater treatment, recycling and irrigation.
Read full article on: BNamericas.com [subscription site], 14 Jan 2010
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