In Colombia, a community goes back to school for clean water

A year ago, clean drinking water was a rarity in the village of Wayuu in northeast Colombia. The local population had to order it from costly trucks, and when they didn't have enough money, they had to drink dirty water, which led to sickness and even death. A solution to the problem was found at a boarding school near the village. Dirty water is now passed through a facility that was originally designed for desalination of seawater, and which is powered by renewable energy. The boarding school also sells the clean water to villagers for a fair price. The rate of illness has fallen rapidly.

A film by Carolina Chimoy



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