The aim of the WATER Project was to drill two artesian wells in the Kaxinawá indigenous land of Rio Humaitá, in the Vigilante and Boa Vista villages. These would provide clean drinking water which would improve the quality of life and reduce illness of the Huni Kuin people and the visitors.
According to studies presented by the Brazilian government, the presence of impure drinking water in communities such as this reduces child mortality by 50%, still very significant among Brazilian indigenous peoples. In addition, the presence of pure drinking water will inhibit large amount of diseases and infections, verminoses, among others.
APOTI analyzed the cases of many unsuccessful well-drilling projects in indigenous areas – whether in search of the appropriate drilling site, depth of excavation, resistance to drought periods or even water quality. It was also important to be together with the Huni Kuin and the communities at large to give them information and to rely on their support for what was needed on their part to help them achieve a better result.
The project included extensive planning, overseeing the logistics and quality control of the materials, land excavation, depth of drilling and water analytics.