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CONAPAC is proud to introduce its latest program aimed at supporting ongoing efforts to maintain our clean water projects in rural river communities. CONAPAC, along with our many supporters, has been building community clean water systems since 2008. Besides construction of the larger water treatment plants, we have introduced our Family Water Project and Classroom Clean Water Project using Sawyer PointONE™ filter and bucket systems as alternative access to clean water in smaller settings. We do our best to include operator training, water testing, and monitoring of systems on a regular basis. These maintenance efforts require separate and regular funding. In order to protect and enhance our donors’ investments and ensure quality water systems in our communities, we are offering community partnerships through our new Program.
We are seeking groups and individuals willing to adopt a community water system for $350 a year. CONAPAC currently oversees 27 community water treatment plants (with two more at Primero de Enero and Timicuro I to be completed by the end of this year), along with Sawyer PointONE™ water filtration systems in three communities and in 200 classrooms. A tremendous amount of time and money is required to reach communities on a regular basis. By having a funding stream for monitoring large community water treatment plants as well as the smaller systems, CONAPAC can employ a full-time person whose sole job is to visit communities, test water quality, provide on-the-job operator training, handle small repairs, and mentor community leaders about proper money management and collection techniques. We will provide an individualized yearly report to each donor for ongoing review of their community’s performance and CONAPAC’s commitment to safe drinking water in the Peruvian Amazon basin.

For more details, contact Cynthia Smith Snyder at to find out how you can be part of this new program. As with all our programs, donations are submitted to the Detroit Zoological Society and tagged for CONAPAC projects.
A new water treatment plant at the village of Primero de Enero nearing completion
2015 Water Team: Liz O'Brien, Trent Holden, Roxanne Reimer, Fabian Maillard
This year’s team of graduate students has arrived to dig deeper into CONAPAC clean water programs. The partnership with UC-Boulder began in 2009 and has continued each year with an evolving focus and setting of goals. This year’s team is investigating our actual monitoring program—what we currently do and what we should consider doing in the future—more in depth. The team of four students is facilitating small focus groups in 17 of CONAPAC’s partner communities, looking for ideas and ways to further involve community members in efforts to provide safe water. In addition, they are testing water at five different points in each system for E. coli bacteria contamination. As always, a full report with results and recommendations will be produced by the end of the year in both English and Spanish and posted on our website.
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CONAPAC is a Peruvian non-profit organization whose mission is to promote conservation of the rainforest through education of its stewards, the people who live along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. Our centerpiece project is the Adopt-A-School program, which is strengthened by workshops and complemented by service and sustainable projects in river communities.
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