Water use in the community of Challacaba, District 9, Cochabamba in Bolivia

AGUA Center, Agua Tuya Program, International Water and Sanitation Centre, IRC. Water use in the community of Challacaba, District 9, Cochabamba in Bolivia
Cochabamba, 2005, Bolivia. Taken from InfoAndina which is a program of the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN).

The project MUS – Multiple Use Services, sponsored by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) performs scientific research to analyze the impacts of systems water supply in addition to providing domestic service, provides the service for productive purposes at the household level, thus improving living standards of people. The knowledge generated in this research is spread to the different actors involved in the issue and make activities to report the matter to the instances that define the sectoral policies.

This paper analyzes the case of the Community of Challacaba, located in the District No.9,  Township Fenced in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The case of Challacaba is a good example of multiple uses of water, worthy of being analyzed and possibly replicated in other places. This case study focuses on explaining the key elements that make community has created a cycle of sustainability in terms of managing its drinking water system through the creation of a Members Association. The water system Challacaba Association offers a high quality reliability at a low cost. Through the objective analysis of some technical indicators, the study tries to break some paradigms in the need to create economies of scale to lower utility costs.

Institutions involved:
Andean Centre for Water Management and Use
Challenge Program on Water and Food
Sistema Andino de Cuencas CPWF / Andean System of Basins CPWF


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