This week, the Dublin office of Celestial Green Ventures was buzzing with excitement as we got to see the dazzling results of our latest social project in the Trocano Araretama REDD+ area. As the photo above shows, the Acquabox we have installed in São Joaquim community is now operational and making a huge difference to the everyday lives of the residents. This amazing piece of technology transforms the murky water previously used for drinking – pictured on the left – into the clean, safe water on the right using ultraviolet light.
The Acquabox is housed within the Maria Borges School, where it will not only provide water for around 80 pupils, but also more than 20 families that make up the community. It’s even expected to provide for those who live in the surrounding area too, as it produces an impressive 1000 litres of water each day.
Installing the equipment has involved several stages of development – you can read our blog posts from before and during the installation phase by clicking on the embedded links. The distribution unit is now housed on the veranda of the school to offer protection from the elements, and the system uses a solar-powered pump to move the water from the storage tower through to the taps.
Benefits of Celestial Green Ventures Water system
Building such a high-tech system into such a remote area has had its complications, such as not having an easily available supply of building materials nearby. However, with the practical support of local NGO Iakira, we’ve turned these challenges into opportunities, using the remote location as a base for visiting other hard-to-reach communities for monitoring purposes (blog to follow!). We’ve also trained a member of the community in Acquabox maintenance, meaning that any servicing can be carried out internally, and providing personal development in the form of a new skill set.
An event was held to celebrate the unveiling of the Acquabox, attended by representatives from surrounding communities as well as parents and students from the school. In a ceremony involving the principal of the school and members of the Iakira team, the system was handed over to the people of São Joaquim, and was received with much excitement and gratitude! Both old and young residents enjoyed the chance to meet up, tuck into some food and, of course, have a cool drink of clean, fresh water.