Drinking water supply system in the María Auxiliadora community (Municipality of Aguilares)

El Salvador


Access to drinking water in El Salvador is limited, sharpening even more when talking about water quality. The population of Aguilares does not escape this problem, so we have that 60% of the population lacks drinking water and of those who have it, 80% receive poor quality water; in addition to receiving water only for a period of 1 to 2 hours per day. This forces the population to make use of contaminated water sources such as artesian wells, rivers, nearby springs or private water distributors, among others, who have no control over the quality of the water. To this we add that families dedicate part of their income to buy water, for consumption and household chores, at high prices ($ 1 per 0.23 m3), which greatly affects their family economy. Also, the use and consumption of poor quality water causes health problems, especially that of boys and girls who are the most vulnerable.


Aguilares Municipality.

Local Partner

CORDES (Association Foundation for Community Cooperation and Development of El Salvador)


General Objective: To establish a drinking water system in the María Auxiliadora community of the Aguilares Municipality.

Leading population

(50 families)

Project duration



TAU, FNMC and Government of Navarra


  • Socializing the project With this activity the content of the project will be made known to the entire population of the community.
  • Purchase and transportation of construction materials
  • Drilling of suction well, pump and electrical substation
  • Storage tank construction
  • Construction of auxiliary facilities
  • Opening of trenches and laying of household distribution network pipes.
  • Installation of connections, taps, stopcocks and household meters
  • Supervision and surveillance of the work
  • Inauguration of the water system
  • Creation of a water committee
  • Drafting of the regulation of the system and use of drinking water.
  • General coordination, accompaniment and orientation of the communities and accounting monitoring.
  • Overall evaluation of project results
  • Water quality control analysis
  • Development of 4 training days
  • Development of 2 exchanges with water committees from two communities