HydrateLife

Hydrating the world one project at a time.

San Francisco, CA   |  www.hydratelife.org

Mission

HydrateLife works to fund, design, and build sustainable, appropriate, and environmentally friendly projects that bring clean water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene to rural communities in Latin America without these basic necessities.

Ruling year info

2015

President/Founder

Mr. Brian Luenow

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2134 35th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94116 USA

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47-4849139

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International Relief (Q33)

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Solar Powered Water for Motuse, Nicaragua

Summary

This project will bring clean and affordable water to the community of Motuse, located in the municipality of Somoto, department of Madriz, Nicaragua. This project will be carried out with the cooperation of CoCoDA, Hydratelife, The Nicaragua Community Movement (MCN), the Municipality of Somoto, and the community of Motuse.

This project will use solar energy to pump water from a well to two elevated storage tanks within the community. From there the water will be gravity fed to 140 homes, one school and three churches in the community.

This project will include:

Digging a well to provide a reliable source of water.
Installing an 18-panel solar array to power the water pumps.
Laying pipe to send water from the well to the community.
Building two water towers in the community from which the water will be distributed.
Building a distribution system to bring clean water to every home in the community, as well as a school and three churches.
Piloting a UV water purification system in part of the community.

I’ll be partnering with a great organization named Companion Community Development Alternatives, or CoCoDA, and their in-country partner, The National Community Movement (MCN). These two organizations have been working in Central America for decades, and I’m really excited for this partnership!

There will be two main impacts from this project. First, everyone will have clean water at home! Gastrointestinal illnesses are very common because the water becomes contaminated during transportation from their current well. This keeps the adults home from work, and kids home from school. Having water piped directly to their homes will eliminate this risk of contamination. Additionally, analysis of the water in nearby wells show a presence of nitrates and ammonia from agricultural operations. We’ll take care of that by filtering the water before it gets to the houses. Second, it will give hours of time back to the women and children of the community who, for the most part, are the ones who walk up to 1.25 miles multiple times a day to get to their current source of water. Getting this time back means freedom. Freedom for the kids to be kids and play or study, and freedom for the women to work and help provide for their family, take care of other responsibilities, or pursue other interests they never had time for before.

I’m really excited about this project. We’re going to be able to help a lot of people while keeping the entire project off the grid. Once we’re done the community will have complete control over the system, and by metering the connection at the houses they will have the money needed for any repairs, or to expand the system if needed. This means the system will last for many years, and water will no longer have to be something this community has to worry about.

These types of impacts can transform a community, and the lives of everyone that live there. And not just the people that live there right now; this project can be the start of big changes for the community that will be felt for generations to come. Besides the health factor, this change can lead to real economic growth for the community. All of the people who couldn’t work because they had the responsibility of collecting water for their household will be free of that burden. And it goes further. The community will collectively have more time. That means they can work on community development to improve their overall situation.

Maybe the most important outcome is the impact it will have on the kids. Of the 623 people in the community, 197 are kids under 18. This project directly translates to more time in school, and more time to study, plus, they’ll have time to play and be kids, something that’s actually very important to their development. Have you ever carried a bucket full of water on your head for a mile? These kids have. That’s not fun, and not something that any kid anywhere should have to do. Let’s remove this burden and let them get back to being kids.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People of Latin American descent

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HydrateLife

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brian Luenow