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Symposium on Water in Guatemala

Symposium on Water in Guatemala

Hidroindustria is about that fact that 1.8 billion people around the world cannot enjoy access to safe water and every year about 850 thousands people die with water-related diseases. The goal of the Water Symposium in Guatemala is to change that situation and make water flow for years to come. Here the important issues are considered beginning from building wells and setting up pumps to creating long-lasting water infrastructure. The local experts, foreign scientists and engineers, community members are invited to take part in this event. They gather for several days to find the best solutions for every particular place. It is vital to be flexible and apply individual approach regarding the conditions for a piped system or a system for harvesting rainwater – what is the most advantageous for the certain environment.

Here the problems of sanitation and hygiene training are discussed. The participators may find investors on symposium, which are ready to invest the money into the water projects. More information about the event is available on the website dedicated to symposium.

Approach and Solutions

In Guatemala the various parts meet to provide long-lasting water services and support the mission to provide sustainable, safe drinking water within this land. The speakers pay attention of the society to the quality of water available for locals, hygiene programs, which should be implemented here, and water hardware. The different existing water point locations are regarded with assessment of their geography and the need of people living around. Everybody agrees that it is very important to create strong relationships with local authorities and stakeholders.

The local community should understand the importance of projects and should have the desire to participate in keeping water flowing. On the Symposium the community and regional leaders of Guatemala can be present. If the solution will be accepted by the community as to its technology design, for example, it will be much easier to implement it. It is clear that the environment is taken into account when appropriate water technology is selected for the area. There are a lot of factors, which impact on the solution of how to bring clean water to people, including physical and cultural factors. The sector experts decide, which approaches are the most effective for the place and which ways to deliver water are the most reliable. They find water sources, test terrain and other parameters determining what technology is the right. There are ideas how to minimize costs of the project, which include salaries, adaptation, training mechanics, office and other expenses.

About Guatemala

Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. Here over 16 million people mostly living in rural areas are divided into 24 linguistic groups. About 50 % of inhabitants live below poverty line that is why they cannot buy the water at a store. Tropical climate with often earthquakes and volcanic eruptions causes the difficult conditions for living including lack of water and a high risk of dangerous water related diseases. Even if there is water, there are no sanitations. That is why in Guatemala clean water in sufficient quantity can change everything: it will prevent people from dying because of dirty water. A lot of children under five years old do not survive here dying with thirst. That is why the Water Symposium is carried out in Guatemala. Clean water will provide kids with school as far as here children collect water instead spending time in class. Here women spend 40 billion hours a year on bringing water. Water can fight poverty here.

The Symposium on Water in Guatemala brings together scientists, archaeologists, and engineers from all over the world. Here the major achievements in scientific areas of water and sanitation technologies are represented. Their apparent characteristics are considered by specialists including adaptability to the environment, and reliability. The main goal of the Symposium is to initiate analytical discussions and to exchange experience and knowledge regarding interaction of water resources with environment and also effect