Safe water for rural NicaraguansNicaragua-Water

Waterborne illnesses are a major barrier to development in Nicaragua.

In many rural villages, families drink untreated water derived from rivers and streams polluted with fecal matter and disease-causing pathogens.

Unsafe drinking makes can make children very sick—when it's not fatal. In addition to the serious health risks, communities also face economic repercussions when kids miss school and adults can't work because of waterborne illnesses.

CTI helps villagers in rural Nicaragua treat the polluted water sources in their communities.

We train communities to build and install our Water Chlorinator—an inexpensive system that utilizes chlorine tablets to produce clean water for just pennies per day. With help from our partners at  EOS International and Self Help International, we train the communities to maintain their water chlorinators without ongoing outside assistance. Nicaraguan community water groups monitor the chlorine levels and help villagers pool their resources to pay for replacement chlorine tablets, which cost just a few dollars each month. Involving village groups fosters local ownership of the equipment, an important part of ensuring the program’s sustainability.

More than 250,000 people in rural Nicaragua have gained access to safe drinking water through the installation of CTI’s water chlorinator.




Water Chlorinator
CTI’s Water Chlorinator is an inexpensive, low-maintenance water disinfectant system that can be built by trained villages for less than $200 USD.

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