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Intrn’l Video: Cleaning up Guatemala’s water supplies — one hike at a time

LatinaLista — For portions of the United States, there is now a greater appreciation for clean, drinkable water. From Virginia to California, the value of water has taken on more importance with ever more sources under threat.

For the vast majority of Americans, this is a new phenomenon but not in countries like Guatemala.

Ninety percent of rivers and streams are contaminated in Guatemala. Rural villagers literally hike to find clean water for their families that is safe to drink. One solution to this humanitarian crisis has been water filtration. Filtration systems can make contaminated water drinkable and safe.

The only problem is paying for all the filtration systems, distributing them to the thirsty families, and replacing them as needed. Ecofiltro is on a quest to supply these filters to Guatemaltecos.

To help raise money to produce filters, Ecofiltro sponsors every year the Hike for Water, a show of solidarity with Guatemaltecos who must hike to get clean water. Last year’s campaign netted over $100,000 and the hope is to exceed that for 2014.

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