La Colonia Water Committee Seminar
A seminar on maintenance, funding, and water treatment for the benefit of four water committees.
La Colonia is located in the Darien province of Panama. The community shares an aqueduct, now 20 years old, with four other communities. Although a series of upgrades have helped improve the system, there are always repairs needed. The most common occurrences are broken tubes due to branches and trees that fall down in storms; tubes coming unglued after so many years; and the intake clogging with sand, gravel, and leaves. The two-day seminar was held in La Colonia, Darién, and taught participants critical skills to manage their water system including financial planning, roles of the water committee, how to treat water, and working with institutions.