|Various organizations participate in a drinking water service research|
El Paso, TX, August 17, 2011 (PAHO/WHO)
– The University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) through its Center for
Environmental Resource Management (CERM), the Office of Research,
Sponsored Projects (ORSP) and in collaboration with the Pan American
Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office
(PAHO/WHO) hosted a series of events to share the results of BienESTAR.
Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th August 2011
University of Texas at El Paso
8:30am to 3:30 pm
Acacia Room. Union East
El Paso, TX
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Develop a research agenda on water, sanitation, and public health in the colonias. METHODOLOGY AND EXPECTED RESULTS: Network of university, agencies, NGOs, and community partners. Identify issues to address and get participation from our community.
• UTEP Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM)
• UTEP The Office of Research, Sponsored Projects (ORSP)
• Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office (PAHO/WHO)
The BienESTAR or Building a research Agenda on Water, Sanitation, Toxic Chemicals, and Public Health in the colonias’ objective was to investigate the quality of access to drinking water and sanitation services and safety perceptions of community residents in border colonias and other rural areas of west Texas.
“The purpose of the meeting is to bring people together, people who is interested in the community, government agencies, NGOs, etcetera. Let’s find out how we can get together and provide new research, new information, identify issues to address and get participation from our community,” stated W.L. Hargrove, Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Management at UTEP.
According to the study, there still are colonias without piped drinking water service. “There are some communities and people who doesn’t have this privilege and they should have it because this is part of the humans’ rights, so let’s keep working on it.” Said Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira, Chief, PAHO(/WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Office.