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Without Water in a Rainy Country

In El Salvador, it rains three times more than in London. However, one out of ten people don’t have access to water in their homes. For the other nine, good water quality is not guaranteed. 95% of the surface waters in El Salvador are of poor quality. El Salvador has water, but it wastes it.

This report was produced together with journalist Majo Siscar and thanks to the financial support of Devreporter grant offered by NGO Lafede.cat.

by - Pau Coll

In Huizacar, three-fourths of the community have no access to potable water. A kilometer and a half away from the village, the third golf course of the country is under construction.

Daysi spends her day off helping with the construction of a communal well. She hopes one day she will have a tap and a sink in her house, like the ones where she works.

Lidia faced lack of water because of the mining industry in El Salvador. Due to her hard public repudiation, she received several threats, until 2012, when they killed her son.

Wilfredo Ordóñez suffers chronic kidney failure, the most deadly disease in the country, due to contaminated water by agrochemicals near the tropical plantations where he used to work.