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Water-born and waste-related diseases are major factors to disease transmission, ill health, misery, and death worldwide. One billion people in the world today live without access to clean water and over three billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Over three million people die every year from avoidable water-related diseases of which more than 1.8 million are children under the age of five.

Access to clean water, safe waste disposal, and health education contribute significantly to improved health, reduction of disease transmission and death. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the introduction and proper use of latrines has commonly been associated with a 25% reduction in diarrhea prevalence. In other studies by the WHO, the presence of an improved water supply has reduced diarrhea disease morbidity by an average of 16% and a reduction of diarrhea disease prevalence by an average of 27%. Programs integrating water, waste disposal and hygiene education can achieve 35-50% reductions in diarrhea morbidity.


Las Delicias, Las Animas and El Rosario are three small, semi-rural villages of over 6,100 people located in the eastern limit of the Department of San Salvador. Most of its residents are wage laborers in the surrounding factories, employees, or small-scale farmers. The average annual income is approximately $1,000.

Currently, the three villages have access to a public health center and private services in the nearby town of San Martin which is five miles away. In 2000, ENLACE partnered with a local church to install a medical extension clinic in the community. The clinic provides affordable medical attention and medicines. The community also has a very high number of sanitation facilities.

What they lack is clean drinking water. These communities have been trying to implement a clean water system for over fifty years. The majority of the population (87%) purchases its water from trucks which carry water from one of the most highly contaminated rivers in El Salvador. The families use this water to cook, drink, and wash. Households pay on average $25 per month for this water, close to 30% of their income.

Plans for a water system have been in the making for more than 30 years, but never had the proper support organizationally or financially. In 2002, a local church outreach committee and community association began to make definite plans with the mayor’s office regarding the need for a water system. ENLACE, the community organizations and the mayor’s office designed a system to provide clean water to Las Delicias, El Rosario y Las Animas. The system will provide clean water to 1,950 families. The mayor’s office agreed to drill the well and install the pump. ENLACE and the community organizations agreed to build the tank and distribution system. ENLACE is in the process of training a local water board to manage the construction and operation of the system. ENLACE will also provide hygiene education and training.


project to benefit…

est. 1950 families

5 schools

10 churches

progress so far…

$260,000 donated from US partner churches, local Salvadoran churches, community members, and local government

3 wells, 3 tanks, 1 cistern, well station

left to finish…

20 miles of piping

3 pumping stations

2 well pumps

electrical system

water purification system

community training

estimated cost to finish…


partner with ENLACE by contributing $500 to provide water for one family for generations to come.


If you would like more information, please contact us at or call Peter DeSoto, Director of Partnership Development at 1-888-675-2314. Checks can be sent to the following address:

ENLACE, 5405 Alton Parkway Suite 5A #458, Irvine, CA 92604 (attn: Las Delicias Water Project) or donate online and select "las delicias water project" under the projects option.