Cuenca, Ecuador is unique in the country for its high-quality potable water. The quality of the water is threatened in multiple ways, including from small-scale ranching. The regional entity managing water resources, ETAPA, has worked with landowners to implement a new system for providing water to cattle that is intended to reduce contamination of the river water from organic wastes. We conducted a socioeconomic analysis of the impacts to the landowners from the implementation of the system by learning how the water distribution system is used in practice and interviewing six landowners to understand how they are impacted. We found impacts on intercommunal relationships and landowner agricultural production. Additionally we addressed challenges that ETAPA faces to protect water resources.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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