At the end of last year, 53% of the communes of Chile were declared in water shortage, while more than 8 million people reported living with rationing. Historical figures that define 2021 as one of the years with the greatest drought in the history of the country.

Faced with this scenario -and with the objective of allowing clean access to this vital element- Cervecería AB InBev together with Coca-Cola Chile, donated $ 180 million to this initiative of Fundación Amulén to implement projects that provide innovative water solutions in different areas from the country.

Under the name of “Fondo Innova Agua”, the foundation allowed more than 134 municipalities between the regions of Coquimbo and Maule to apply for funds to implement different technological and innovative solutions. Among them, Villa Peldehue in Colina, Linda Vista in Empedrado, Los Copihues School in Los Junquillos de Licantén and Hornos de Huaquén School in La Ligua were selected to access this benefit.

Regarding the solutions that are being developed in these communities, the most important are the purification of water through Remote Waters technology, water from the air with the Watergen machine and two of them with rainwater capture, an Isla Urbana program that was the winner. of the Softys Water Challenge contest organized by Softys, Amulén Foundation and the UC Innovation Center.

“It is very difficult to emerge, overcome obstacles and advance without having a service as basic as water. The reality is that the relationship between water shortage and social vulnerability is direct. At Fundación Amulén we work to make this serious situation visible and be able to provide a solution as soon as possible. For this, the articulation of different actors and the participation in initiatives such as these are essential to achieve the implementation of innovations that allow the delivery of drinking water to the communities and thereby improve their quality of life and future prospects “, explains Antonia Rivera, Director of Projects at Fundación Amulén.

On the other hand, José Antonio Alonso, legal and corporate affairs manager of Cervecería AB InBev, adds that the care and access to water for the communities are part of the strategic pillars of sustainability that the company has and that, therefore, They have been supporting various initiatives in this area for years. “Throughout our entire production chain we seek that our production processes are as least invasive as possible for the planet and at the same time, generate a positive impact. Thus, through these types of projects, we want to ensure access to clean water to different communities throughout Chile and thus provide a real solution to the problem of water scarcity that the country suffers, ”he says.

During 2021

Two winning projects have already been executed – Linda Vista, in Empedrado and the Los Copihues de Los Junquillos School in Licantén, which already have potable water – and work is underway in the rest of the beneficiary towns. In Empedrado, Isla Urbana (rainwater harvesting technology) allowed the 50 inhabitants to collect water in winter from their houses and thus increase availability.

This technology makes it possible to capture, purify and store more than 36,000 liters per year on average. On the other hand, the Escuela de Lluvia program was installed in Licantén, whose innovation already allows the Los Copihues School to capture, store and treat up to 72,000 liters of water per year.

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