International Expeditions' Amazon mini water treatment plants in the remote villages of San Jose de Paranapura, Irlanda and Santa Teresa, Peru are already making a big impact on the health of villagers! According to Dr. Linnea Smith, who operates the Amazon Medical Clinic, she is treating far fewer cases of intestinal parasites and common diarrhea now that the water treatment plants are providing clean drinking water.

The treatment plant's four-stage filtration system produces up to 2,200 liters of clean water each day for people whose only other source of water has been the Amazon River and its tributaries. For these families, our water treatment plant means parasite-free water to drink, brush their teeth and cook with every day! Boiling is the only other way to get clean water, requiring harvesting of trees to build and sustain a fire.

Almost all of the children living in villages along the Amazon consume water directly from river, streams and ponds. During low-water season, the water supply can become even more limited as streams and tributaries are cut off from the main flow of the river. This makes their water supply even more contaminated.

Our water treatment plants are also helping to foster a more sustainable economy. Excess clean water can be sold to neighboring villages or used to bake bread and make jam. This minimizes the need to make money by logging in the rainforest.

Learn more about the importance of clean water in the Amazon by visiting the home of our Peruvian partner CONAPAC or learn how you can help building more water treatment plants through International Expeditions' partnership with Travelers' Philanthropy.