Colonias Program’s water project providing water to rural residents

The Colonias Program at the Texas A&M College of Architecture is increasing the availability of potable water to residents of colonias, impoverished communities in the Texas border region, as a partner in the Texas Water Project.

The project, an effort to teach rural residents how to make ceramic water filters, received national exposure with a booth at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the national mall in Washington D.C. June 27 – July 1 and July 4-8, where Colonias Program director Oscar Muñoz talked about the project in a Smithsonian video.

Other water project partners at Texas A&M include the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, the Mexican American and U.S. Latino Research Center and the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts; more partners include Joy Pottery and Mud Creek Pottery.

The annual Smithsonian festival, which draws more than a million visitors yearly, celebrates international cultural heritage with a series of themed programs.

posted August 14, 2012