Water Supply from Khasiri Glacier


The rapidly growing eastern (downhill) portion of the City of La Paz experiences inadequate water supply. Social pressure by indigenous communities after the project began eliminated the possibility of utilizing runoff from the Mururata glacier, which was the original project plan. A particular challenge in this project was determination of the long-term hydrologic yield. Andean glaciers are receding due to global warming, and the current stream flow is augmented by the net decrease in glacial mass as it melts. This project was carried through the final design stage including intake, pipelines, treatment facilities, connections communities, and a storage tank.