Missouri S&T’s Engineers Without Borders works to provide drinking water in Bolivia

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On August 3, 2015

Photo submitted from a previous EWB-Tacachia trip.

Photo submitted from a previous EWB-Tacachia trip.

Photo submitted from a previous EWB-Tacachia trip.

The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) at Missouri University of Science and Technology is heading to Tacachia, Bolivia, before the start of the fall semester to continue its work to provide access to safe drinking water for the Andean community.

The team will arrive in Tacachia on Sunday, Aug. 9, and return on Wednesday, Aug. 19. While there, students will install a potable water pipeline from a nearby spring and connect it to an existing storage and distribution system. The team’s overall goal is to have access to clean drinking water for every tap in the community.

Missouri S&T students have been traveling to Tacachia for over six years to complete a number of projects. In addition to routing potable water to the local homes, the EWB group will assess potential erosion control measures to combat the flow of a local river named Rio Palca. The work could lead to saving the resident’s farmland.

Dr. Mark Fitch, an associate professor of environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, and David Hoffman, a volunteer mentor in the civil, architectural and environmental engineering department at Missouri S&T, will travel with the team as advisors.

The following EWB members will travel as part of the team:

Joseph Collum, a junior in civil engineering from Charleston, Missouri

Daniel Goertzen, a sophomore in chemical engineering from O’Fallon, Illinois

Luke Grischow, a freshman in civil engineering from Downers Grove, Illinois

Mikayla Molnar, a junior in nuclear engineering and applied mathematics from Columbia Station, Ohio

Hannah    Myers, a sophomore in environmental engineering from Urbana, Missouri

Laura Riegel, a senior in geological engineering from Washington, Missouri

Sarah Smedley, a sophomore in civil and architectural engineering from Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Jordan Thompson, a junior in geological engineering from O’Fallon, Illinois

Chris Wideman, a senior in petroleum engineering from Union, Missouri.

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3 thoughts on “Missouri S&T’s Engineers Without Borders works to provide drinking water in Bolivia”

  • Henry Croll says:

    I am also part of an EWB group working in Bolivia. We work in Yulo, south of Potosi.

    How can I contact the team to talk about working in the area and exchange project knowledge?

    • Joe C says:

      Hi Henry! Send an email to cewb (at) mst.edu and ask to be put into contact with the leader(s) from our Bolivia team(s). We have one in Tacachia and one in Los Eucaliptos.

  • Jordan Thompson says:

    Henry, please send me, jmt6r6@mst.edu, an email and I would be happy to speak with you about our team and learn more about yours.