Those of you reading this article most likely have access to the internet and probably clean water, placing you within the fortunate percentile with access to H2O; nonetheless it is important to understand the living conditions of others around the world. Did you know that 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease? And did you know that of all the water on Earth, just 3% is fresh water?
The Fuentes de Vida project is innovative and complete in that it provides a clean water facility and also aims at combating poverty in Dominican Republic by educating the public. A wetland sewage treatment system is in the process of being built that will clean the communities' waste water and improve drinking water quality in the community wells. The project will provide expertise, resources and training to empower the 200 families (500 people) in Domingo Maiz to become agents of change and improve their community's sanitation needs. Community members will also receive training in basic hygiene practices and proper use and maintenance of the system.
According to our last Global Giving report, written in March of this year, the Puntacana Ecological Foundation and its project partners have raised about $90,000 and the community neighborhood association managed to get the land donated for the project! This is a huge reward especially since the land in Veron (region where Domingo Maizis located) is expensive and “After months of vetting and negotiating with various construction firms the project team reached favorable contract terms with a local company and excavation of the wetlands treatment area began February 12, 2014.
There is still a lot of work to be done and any donation helps, please look into the project if you are interested and help us save the source of life! Click here to contribute and remember if you give monthly you double your impact! You get your donation matched!
We are also excited to tell the public about other water conservation efforts that play an important role in sustainable travel and ecotourism in the Dominican Republic, like our use of paspalum on the golf courses. Our Tom Fazio designed Corales golf course along with, P.B Dye’s La Cana course, are both covered in the beautiful paspalum plant that gets watered with sea water! Although this fact may seem trivial it is not, remember that fact mentioned in the second paragraph of this article about fresh water making up only only 3% of the Earth’s overall water? Well, the less fresh water we use the more there is to go around! Maintaining massive golf courses watered is a trying task therefore we save millions of gallons of water a year! Are you tempted to come visit us for a round or two?