The Junta Municipal de Agua y Saneamiento (Municipal Sewerage and Water Board) announced the launch of its “Water For All” program this week. It will distribute clean drinking water and donate one thousand water tanks each holding 750 liters (approx. 198 gallons) of water.
The purpose of the program is to benefit families who, due to the geographical location of their homes, lack access to clean drinking water and a sewage system.
The local government office issued a statement noting that it will support Fundación Pedro Zaragoza Vizcarra’s program by distributing water and delivering water tanks each holding 200 liters (approx. 53 gallons) to residents of the Bello Horizonte settlement.
In recent days, Fundación Pedro Zaragoza Vizcarra, Leche Lucerna and s (?) joined the Junta Municipal de Agua y Saneamiento (JMAS) (Municipal Sewerage and Water Board) in the distribution of clean drinking water, at no cost, to settlements located in the eastern and western parts of the city lacking access to the local government’s sewerage and water grid.
Verónica Jiménez, director of the foundation, stated that using two of the corporation’s cistern trucks they will distribute water throughout 22 settlements starting next week, as planned. She noted that around 6 thousand families would each benefit from 800 liters (approx. 211 gallons) of water, according to the planned distribution. The foundation will take it upon itself to liaison with the families themselves and manage the social aspect of the program, while Grupo Lucerna and BipGas will supply trucks, salaries for the truck drivers and the transportation of the water itself. She further stated that, during the summer months, high temperatures typically affect all residents of the city, but especially those most vulnerable: children and senior adults of modest means who lack the basic necessity of water in their homes, leading to potential health problems.