Posted by: toobeeman | November 16, 2011

CannedWater4kids Donates $13,000 To UW-Milwaukee Engineers Without Borders Project in Guatamala

EWB@UWM continues to partner with Agua Para La Salud (APS), with over thirteen years of experience in implementing water systems. EWB@UWM‘s current project concerns two communities, Vitostix and Vijolom III, which are two communities in the northern highlands of Guatemala.

Recent village growth resulted in a shortage of water supply due to dried springs. The villages required a new water supply system that will provide sufficient water to both communities. APS works alongside Quiche’s La Asociación, a community-driven organization working to improve living conditions of the Quiche community.

Student members worked alongside Milwaukee-area professional mentors to develop and design a water distribution system that utilizes appropriate, sustainable technology. Designed for a life of 20 years, the system includes four spring boxes, a distribution tank and a 9,200 meter conveyance line. Approximately 102 families (714 people, more than 500 children) will be affected by the system.

In January 2011, EWB@UWM implemented Phase I of the design, which included construction of the 10m3 distribution tank, four spring boxes and a survey of the pipeline path for the planned conveyance line. Phase II, installation of the pipeline, will be completed in January 2012.

The two villages have independently acquired the necessary springs; Vitostix was gifted three springs while Vijolom III purchased two. The spring box for Vitostix will capture and protect the water from the three springs within the same area. These springs are separated by less than two feet. To limit the impact on the surrounding environment, not all water produced by the springs will be redirected to the conveyance line. Vijolom III purchased two springs, which require two separate spring boxes. The water from the northern spring box will be piped to the southern spring box before being released into the pipeline.

A 9,200 meter conveyance line will be shared between the two villages. The pipeline path was surveyed with GPS in January 2010. Elevation data with spring flow, pipeline lengths, and pipe diameter was used to compute the hydraulic grade line. The hydraulic grade line was then graphed against the elevation data to determine the feasibility of a gravity fed system.

While in Guatemala, EWB@UWM also promotes healthy sanitation practices in the home. This initiative includes conducting presentations and visiting homes to discuss better sanitation techniques and perform health assessment reviews.

Through this project, EWB@UWM aims to continue honoring our commitment, working with villages to improve their quality of life using appropriate technology ensuring the sustainability of the infrastructure. EWB@UWM is excited to continue the 3-year relationship fostered with APS and the villages. Through this relationship, UWM students and mentors have developed a sense of responsibility and trust within our group and towards meeting the long‐term sustainability engineering goals.

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