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Engineers without borders group in Bolivia

Bringing Water Beyond Borders

In August 2012, seven Engineers Without Borders (EWB-UI) members traveled to Chiwirapi, Bolivia to collect data and assess the feasibility of a design for a potable water system.

Chiwirapi is a remote community of approximately 230 people in the Andes Mountains. The river that runs through town is contaminated from upstream communities, and residents have to boil water for purification; a task made difficult by the almost complete lack of fuel. During the trip, the EWB-UI team met with many community members, and determined that in addition to potable water, an irrigation system is sorely needed. Several options for both were identified, and the team is conducting a decision matrix process to determine the next steps.

Engineering data collection comprised conducting an inventory of their existing systems (several failed NGO systems exist), surveying, water quality sampling and analysis, and hydrologic assessment and measurements. Importantly, EWB-UI also conducted community interviews and a health assessment. Whatever designs are implemented must not only be effective from an engineering perspective, but they must be culturally acceptable, and the residents must be able to maintain and sustain the systems.

The EWB-UI members that traveled to Chiwirapi were: Nathan Suhr (EWB-UI President and Health and safety Officer; Chemical Engineering), Brian Zaladonis (Project Lead; Mechanical Engineering), James Pearson (Cultural and Education Lead; Anthropology), Rachel Hill (EWB-UI Vice President and Health and Safety Officer; Civil Engineering), Kylie Jarvis (Chemical Engineering), Hailey Woodruff (Civil Engineering), and Fritz Fiedler (Faculty Advisor and Technical Mentor; Civil Engineering).

EWB-UI will return to Chiwirapi next summer, with the preliminary plan to implement the first phase of a potable water system, collect additional data to support irrigation system design, and to initiate an education program.