Wariperqa on the move

Project Wariperqa has advanced to its next phase. Construction is now underway on a network to bring running water to this remote Peruvian community 4000 metres above sea level.

Vladimir Arana, the ISW’s program coordinator for the Americas, just returned from his mission to Peru coordinating the work of project partners. The access to drinking water project with a basin approach began earlier in the year. The basin approach is an innovative method of integrated water resources management that takes into account the entire catchment basin of a region, enabling better and more efficient management.

Once Project Wariperqa is completed, 64 families living in five neighbourhoods of the Wariperqa community will have access to water for the first time.

The community of Wariperqa is located in an area of the Andes with rocky and rough terrain, very difficult to work on and highly dispersed.

A 10 cubic metre reservoir will be constructed to hold water before its distribution, and two 20 cubic metre reservoirs will be rehabilitated. During the social management workshop, the community council proposed to move the new reservoir to higher ground. After technical assessments, the reservoir was ultimately kept at its original location.

The mayor of Vinchos, on whose territory the Wariperqa community is located, requested an extension of the collection point, increasing the total length of this infrastructure but allowing for a higher total capacity. The mayor has agreed to supply additional construction materials and to compensate volunteer workers for their help on the project. So far, 7 kilometres of the main water distribution line have been built.

We extend our sincerest thanks to our partners Les Ailes de l’Esperance and AGUA-C. Project Waripercca could not have been made possible without the support of the Agence de l’eau Seine-Normandie and the Syndicat du Dieppe-Nord.