Choquechampi Water Reservoir 2010

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Showing the process for the construction of Mano a Mano's agricultural water reservoir in Choquechampi, Bolivia.

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Choquechampi Water Reservoir 2010

  1. 1. Choquechampi Water Reservoir<br />
  2. 2. Choquechampi<br />Choquechampi is a small rural community located 30 miles south of Mano a Mano-Nuevo Mundo’s headquarters in Cochabamba<br />Families generally own 1-2 acre plots of land to raise crops and a few animals<br />
  3. 3. Choquechampi<br />Having lunch at the home of a community leader<br />Choquechampi<br />
  4. 4. “Without Water We Have Nothing”<br />The area has 2 seasons – a rainy and dry. Rain falls everyday for 3-4 months but the rest of the year there is none. <br />The reservoir is designed to capture the excess water during the rainy season for use during the year for irrigating crops, watering livestock and household use.<br />Difference in crop size when there is water available (corn on left received water; corn on right did not)<br />
  5. 5. Reservoir Design<br />The design essentially is building a levee to create a natural ravine with the surrounding mountains, which captures rainwater and snowmelt<br />Over 1,000 loads of 12 cubic-yards of fill material was compacted to make the earthen levee<br />Dumping dirt into the ravine (left); the mounds of dirt are each 12 cubic yards of fill material (bottom photo)<br />
  6. 6. Community participation<br />During the planning stage, more than 300 community residents attended public meetings that included Mano a Mano representatives from both the US and Bolivia, government officials from the municipality of Sacaba, and Choquechampi residents. <br />They voted strongly in favor to construct the reservoir and agreed to contribute 8-10 volunteer laborers every day for the duration of the project<br />Mano a Mano provided majority of funding, skilled labor, and heavy equipment<br />Local municipality provided partial funding<br />
  7. 7. Community ParticipationResidents contributed 32,000+volunteer hours to the project!<br />
  8. 8. Reservoir completed and dedicated June 2010<br />
  9. 9. Reservoir completed and dedicated June 2010<br />Supporters from the US, Choquechampi residents, Mano a Mano staff, and Municipality officials took part in the dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of a true collaborative effort<br />
  10. 10. Results<br />When full, the reservoir can hold 700,000 cubic meters of water<br />1,600 acres of land can be irrigated<br />4,800 people benefit from the project<br />With access to water, crop harvests double or triple, which in turn doubles or triples most families income<br />Here the reservoir is only at 1-2% of total capacity, yet residents were still overjoyed, saying there’s already enough for their fields<br />

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