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Mismanagement, Other Factors Threaten Central American Water Supplies

LADB Article ID: 53663
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2000-11-09
By: Guest

When Rosa Coca gave permission to his neighbors to run a water pipe to acquire clean drinking water from a spring on his land, his children objected. They wanted the water for use on a coffee farm, but were unable to dissuade their aging father from sharing with the other residents of San Antonio, a small village that clings to the last kilometer of Honduran soil before the steep western mountains drop into the Lempa River on the border with El Salvador. For years, San Antonio's families had drawn water from small streams flowing through their community, but increasing deforestation uphill and unchecked pesticide use by area farmers had made surface water scarcer and dirtier.

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