Drinking Water

Since the islands in the Gulf of Guayaquil do not have fresh water supplies, the communities are dependent on the supply of drinking water. An adequate supply of water from the city to individual households is not possible on a continuous basis due to the irregular and costly boat traffic. Only those municipalities that have the necessary storage capacities can make use of the possibility of ordering a tank ship.

Without sufficient storage capacity, the municipalities often only receive sporadic deliveries of remaining stocks by tank ships that supply the neighboring shrimp farms. The quality of these remaining stocks is often poor (e.g. due to the admixture of contaminated brackish water). This problem causes various health problems. Gastro-intestinal infections occur frequently and can be life-threatening, especially for infants and toddlers. Temporary storage of drinking water (in different containers, usually not covered, etc.) creates numerous breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which transmit dengue and chikungunya, among others.

Therefore, residents of the communities Cerrito de los Morreños, Puerto Libertad, and Puerto Bellavista and volunteers of Schutzwald e.V. built drinking water supply systems with sufficient water storage capacity, proper storage (tank roof, closed containers for the individual households) as well as self-organized filling and allocation by municipal water committees. Through these measures, the drinking water and health situation could be significantly improved. Furthermore, there was a positive overall effect on the self-organization of the communities.

The following projects were carried out:



Cerrito de los Morreños


Capacity: 2x25 m³

Start of operation: 2010

Supplied residents: approx. 560

Number of taps: 4

Supported by: Lions Club Bad Marienberg, action medeor




Puerto Libertad

Capacity: 1x25 m³

Start of operation: 2014

Supplied residents: approx. 220

Number of taps: 2

Supported by: Stiftung Entwicklungszusammenarbeit Baden-Württemberg



Puerto Bellavista


Capacity: 2x10 m³

Start of operation: 2019

Supplied Residents: approx. 170

Number of taps: 2

Supported by: EZ-Kleinprojektefonds, SubCTech GmbH