Expeditions' newest mini water treatment plant has just been completed in the village of San Jose de Paranapura. About 60 families live in this village on the Rio Ucayali. A four-stage filtration system produces up to 2,200 liters of clean water each day. 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.
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.
This is the third water treatment plant IE has funded in the Peruvian Amazon. The other two are located in Irlanda and Santa Teresa. Through our partnership with Travelers' Philanthropy, IE guests can join with us in funding the construction of other water treatment plants in the Amazon.