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2004 Resource Award Winner

Improving the quality of water in Ecuador

ETAPA, the public municipal company for water supply and sanitation in Cuenca, aims to sustainably manage the Tomebamba watershed in the southern Andean region. Key activities include installing dry sanitation facilities, building capacity among community leaders and beneficiaries and providing environmental education for schoolchildren. Reintroducing alpacas should help combat accelerated soil erosion and water contamination from intensive cattle production.

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ETAPA is the public municipal company for telecommunication, water supply and sanitation of the canton of Cuenca.


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