Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year’s topic is water, and I’m proud to feature the San Diego State University Student Chapter for Engineers Without Borders.
From just a handful of members in 2002, Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) has grown to over 12,000 members and has 350+ projects in more than 45 developing countries around the world including water, renewable energy and sanitation.
The San Diego State University (SDSU) chapter was established in 2007 and is now leading their first project, designed to bring clean water to the Tejeras community in Honduras. As this community lies in a basin at the top of a mountain range used for livestock and agriculture, the quality of the water is unfit for human consumption.
To help remedy this situation, EWB-SDSU has partnered with AJAASSPIB, a local association focused on protecting water resources of all their member communities within the south sector of Pico Bonito.
Engineers Without Borders supports community-driven development programs worldwide through th edesign and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership.
Project goals include purification of the current creek source water, installation of rainwater catchments, development of a new surface or groundwater source, repare and improve the methods of storage, treatment and distribution, and implement better sanitation.
Project Site Assessment
Each project undertaken by an EWB-USA chapter begins with a site assessment to determine the needs of the community and then devise an implementation strategy. In January of 2011 the SDSU students will conduct such a site assessment to:
- Test the water source for bacteria and suspected contaminants
- Assess the feasibility of distributing water from a more distant water source
- Determine the availability and quality of the local ground and rain water.
- Assess the current systems for disinfection, storage and distribution of water as well as sanitation
- Assess the needs and concerns of the local community
You Can Help!
Implementation is scheduled for the Summer of 2011, and the chapter is committed to the community for at least five years to ensure the project is being monitored & maintained, and that everything is working for the community as planned.
The overall cost of this project is estimated to be $29,265 (Assessment – $5,525 and Implementation – $23,740) with $16,740 still needed to complete funding. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 772-2723.
If you would like to support this project, donations are highly appreciated. You can always donate online or send a check made payable to Engineers Without Borders San Diego State University and send to:Engineers Without Borders Mail Code 1326 College of Engineering San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego, CA 92182-1326
Engineers Without Borders are true Global Patriots!
A very special thanks goes out to three members of Engineers Without Borders: Greg Hawkins – Treasurer, Phillip Patague – Outreach Committee, and Jan Vianzon – Publicity Committee for their help in providing background material for this article.