Incatema completes the rehabilitation and extension project of the drinking water network in L’Azile (Haiti)
22 March, 2023
March 22nd is World Water Day and this is the reason why Incatema wants to remember, as does the UN, that in 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG) that all people would have access to safely managed water and sanitation by 2030. However, as of today, we are a long way from achieving this goal within the 2030 Agenda. Millions of people remain deprived of their fundamental right of access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
In this sense, Incatema continues to contribute to making quality water a reality in some of the most disadvantaged latitudes of the planet. An example of this is the work carried out in L'Azile, Haiti, where Incatema has completed the project to extend and rehabilitate the local drinking water system. The works have been carried out since September 2020 and have just been handed over to the Haitian National Directorate of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA), the promoter of the project, whose budget amounted to almost 1.5 million euros financed by the World Bank.
In spite of the social difficulties the country is going through, with riots that have caused the works to be paralysed on several occasions over the last two years, Incatema has completed the construction of the entire drinking water system, consisting of a 130 m3 tank from which water is channelled through more than 10 kilometres of pipes to reach a population of more than 30,000 residents. In addition, the company has built five new kiosks and has carried out more than 450 connections with their corresponding mechanical water meters.
This drinking water system designed by Incatema is supplied by solar energy, through a photovoltaic station made up of 32 polycrystalline solar panels, with 72 photovoltaic cells per panel. The direct solar pumping system is self-contained and offers high efficiency, as already reported here.
According to Fernando Díaz, Incatema's Director of Infrastructures, "we are very proud to have completed a project of this nature because we are aware that this infrastructure will qualitatively improve the lives of the residents of this village in Haiti, where properly purified water is a very scarce resource that is difficult to access. It has been a great challenge for the whole team to carry out these works due to the difficult social conditions, which demonstrates the good work of the company's employees".