Guayllabamba Waterkeeper


Patricio Chambers
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Patricio Chambers Mejía is the Guayllabamba Waterkeeper.  He replaced his father Rafael Chambers, the former Guayllabamba Waterkeeper.  Patricio has a civil engineering degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and more than 20 years of experience in project planning.  In addition, Patricio earned a specialized degree in management, a Master's degree in higher learning teaching, and a certification as expert in comparative Eastern and Western philosophies.  He has been a university professor at undergraduate and postgraduate level for 15 years.  He founded and led the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador’s School of Systems in the town of Ambato in the central Andean valley of Ecuador and led the drafting and implementation of strategic plan for that town.  Patricio worked for several years as project administrator for oil operations and for web information systems and serves as a consultant on various engineering projects. He has also worked as coordinator of the planning team of the Municipality of Quito.  For almost three decades he has volunteered as an instructor of human values ​​and practical philosophy as a member of the New Acropolis Educational Corporation, leading activities linked to the protection of the environment and waterways, reforestation, management of parks and building the capacity of concerned citizens around environmental stewardship.  He has been linked to Guayllabamba Waterkeeper from its inception as a labor of love of the Chambers family.  Guayllabamba Waterkeeper aims to rid the upper reaches of the Guayllabamba River of urban and industrial pollution.

The Guayllabamba River originates in the Andes Mountains in northern Ecuador.  Guayllabamba is the Quechua word for green plain. This river is named after the vibrantly lush and fertile Guayllabamba plain that it crosses on its way to the Pacific Ocean.  This area has unique geological and botanic importance with approximately 1,200 species of plants (many of which are medicinal) and a great diversity of birds, mammals, and insects of multiple exotic appearances.  Among these interesting animals, one may find: squirrels, armadillos, bats, dwarf deer, skunk, South American gray fox, boas and other reptiles and amphibians, owls, woodpeckers, condors, and eagles. The upper portion of the Guayllabamba river is one of the most densely populated areas in the country (3.2m residents). Three major hydroelectric power plants were built along two main tributaries and are the recipients of sewage from 59 collectors spread throughout Quito. The nearby Monjas River also collects sewage from other parts of Quito and discharges it into to the Guayllabamba. Most other tributaries to the Guayllabamba are equally as polluted. The pollution comes from  different sources - households, industry, and large and small scale farming. The pollution of the Guayllabamba has forced Quito’s Metropolitan Authority for Water and Sewage (EMAAP) to obtain its drinking water from other rivers in the Amazon basin.  


Avenida Julio Tobar Donoso 1809 y Pasaje Santa Martha, Chiche-Puembo, Atte: Familia Chambers
Quito, Pichincha