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CONAPAC is a Peruvian non-profit organization whose mission is to promote conservation of the rainforest through education of its stewards, the people who live along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. Our centerpiece project is the Adopt-A-School program, which is strengthened by workshops and complemented by service and sustainable projects in river communities.

clean water signClean Water Systems

  • Water is the medium of transport for many parasites that cause children to be become ill and malnourished. Almost all children in the villages along the Amazon and Napo Rivers consume water directly from rivers, streams and ponds. During low water season, the water supply in some villages becomes very limited because beaches form, separating them from the main flow of the rivers, making available water even more contaminated. Community water treatment plants can produce potable water for small villages and significantly improve the quality of life for the people who live there.
  • There are a variety of ways to create clean water systems. Large systems can be complicated to maintain and quite expensive to construct and operate. Since there are no roads to the rainforest villages, all materials must be transported by boat. The need for lightweight, easily transportable parts is an important consideration, as well as for materials, parts, and chemicals that are readily available in the closest large city, Iquitos.
  • CONAPAC's simple system is a four-stage filter system, assembled in the city by our own staff. The parts are transported by boat to the community for final construction. Community members work with our professional concrete tower Puinahua water treatment plantcontractor. Some of the systems have rain catchment systems, when appropriate, or elevated floors where yearly flooding can be expected.
  • Donor interest in these community water treatment plants has been very positive. Village leaders and other members of the communities we serve are beginning to see the value of clean water for their health and, more important, for their children's well-being. The desire of the communities to have their own water plants has continued to grow and our donors are responding accordingly. We now have water in 31 rainforest villages along the Amazon and Napo Rivers.
  • CONAPAC has determined that community water plants cannot become fully operational until a "Water Workshop" has been hosted. Providing education for everyone reinforces the merits and responsibilities of producing and consuming clean water by all members of the community, leading water buckets for each familyto a more successful and sustainable long-term project. At the end of the workshop, each attending family receives a 20-liter water bucket with a spigot and each child receives his/her own plastic water cup with our message that clean water equals good health.
  • In addition, CONAPAC monitors the treatment process, trains operators, and tests the water for one year after construction. Our partnership continues as long as communities stay in the Adopt-A-School Program, our baseline marker for well-organized community leadership.

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