Evaluation, Prognosis and Recommendations based on 40 Rotary projects in Guatemala. The objective is to help ensure that future WASH projects are sustainable. Guatemala’s proximity to the US, beauty, and need have attracted hundreds of Rotary Water and Sanitation (WASH) projects. Rotary projects focus on schools, community wide projects, water treatment, and waste water treatment. Several studies have highlighted project failures due to lack of operation and maintenance. This project will review, analyze, and compare WASH projects throughout
Guatemala. We will randomly select 40 completed Rotary WASH projects in Guatemala. We will choose projects based on their year of completion, type (gravity flow, pumping, community-wide projects, school projects, etc.), number of beneficiaries (10 to 4,000), and cost per beneficiary. Our analysis will determine the important factors on which to focus to facilitate sustainability. The study will also include plans and preliminary engineering designs to improve sustainability in each project.

Cost estimate is $16,000.

One of the largest areas of the lake Atitlan, Guatemala drainage basin is Santa Lucia Utátlan. The town of Santa Lucia is in serious need of clean water (for residents and the elementary school present there) and a series of spring recapture and a new water storage tank to deliver water to the affected community is planned. Potential grant costs – $200,000 for multiple spring containment.

This project focuses on the design, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of an advanced dry toilet technology which has the potential to: (1) decrease the introduction of pathogens and nutrients into Lake Atitlán, (2) reduce the demand for fresh water, (3) reduce the load on existing wastewater treatment plants, and (4) create high-quality pathogen-free fertilizer. This technology
differs from past composting toilet approaches in that the toilet will be an attractive modern appliance that fits in with a modern bathroom, and that will be desirable, independent of its ecological benefits. The ultimate goal of the project is to replace flush toilets in the Lake Atitlán watershed with waterless toilets, and to put in place an indigenous Guatemalan worker-owned and run business for the continued provision of this technology to users in the region.

Santa Cruz la Laguna is a small village on the shore of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, with a population of 2000. It has had a wastewater treatment plant since 2004, but due to a lack of financial resources for a proper maintenance, the plant is working today at only 20% of its capacity for removing impurities which cause the bloom of cyanobacteria, effecting the health of humans and animals. The Santa Cruz project seeks to recover the investment and infrastructure of the wastewater treatment plant, thus improving the operation and efficiency in order to achieve the legal requirements and drastically reduce the raw sewage flowing into the lake.

Chacaya, a town on Santiago Atitlan Bay, drinks contaminated water directly from Lake Atitlan. A new spring has been identified above the town and Engineers without Borders(EWB) has engineered a spring containment program and new piping into the town of 2500. We are participating with EWB and want to put $7000 into the project budget to cooperate with this necessary update of clean water source and all of the health benefits this will bring to this lakeside town. RECLA strongly supports this clean water collaborative effort.

Nuevo Progreso is a small community, a suburb of Santa Lucia Utitlan, located on the pan American highway. There are 45 houses and a school which are all in need of water. There are two wells located in the area, but both have become dry. Water now must be carried to the homes and school. The engineering plan is to repair the wells and pump water to a 4000-gallon storage tank located on a hill top and supply the community by gravity feed from this tank. We have excellent community support with the Municipality of Santa Lucia pledging Q50,000 to the project and the community has pledged all the unskilled labor. Mil Milagros, a NGO, runs the school there and will aid us in hygiene and health care issues. We will also be working with the community to improve sanitation.