Only a limited number of 583 homes receive low quality water on an intermittent basis.
In 2017, Galtes requested that Kawsaypak Yaku design the renovations necessary to supply clean water to all of the homes 24/7, allowing them to obtain government and donated funds for the materials to rebuild their water system.
The topographic survey began in the fall of 2017, and design work was completed in March 2018.
Design report edits are being made to secure SENAGUA (Ecuadorian ministry of water) approval which will enable the community to obtain some government funding.
In January 2018, work began to adequately protect the Galtes spring water sources, which are spread over high mountain pastures at about 13,000 ft. altitude. A team from Calvin College joined with the community for the first three days of the "minga" (work bee).