Wastewater Management in the Community of El Valle de la Union – A Pilot Project Initiative to improve Water Quality in the Gatuncillo Sub-Watershed

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Abstract:

Inadequate wastewater management practices from small communities are becoming a serious contamination threat to the public health and water quality of the Gatuncillo Sub-watershed which belongs to the Panama Canal watershed. Gatuncillo is considered a high priority subwatershed due to its various water uses, such as public water supply, recreational activities, fishing, and operations of the Panama Canal. Typically wastewater systems consist of septic tanks and latrines with deficiencies in construction and design. The poor infrastructures combined with lack of maintenance and physical conditions (soil types and terrain) are causing wastewater from household systems to reach nearby streams, rivers, and yards.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864706783761419

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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