The people of Tacachia, Bolivia are just a few steps away from having clean water in their homes. This summer, EWB-S&T traveled to the community to make a few final observations and measurements and get community input on which water source would best suit them. Using this information, EWB- S&T this semester. This is an ambitious timeframe, but after six years of visiting Tacachia, everyone involved plans to choose a spring and design a pipeline for Tacachia so that they can have water by the end of wants to see the idea of potable point-of- use water come to fruition. Working towards this goal, here’s a summary of what we did this summer:
- We assessed the pros and cons of each spring location
- We surveyed from the distribution tanks to the springs to determine how much material
- We cleaned, tested, troubleshot, and photo-documented the ram pumps to update our
- We performed some maintenance on the distribution line, and identified places that needed
- We surveyed the community members to determine their understanding of bio-sand filters
- Masters in Public Health students from MU did a preliminary health assessment of the
With all of this being accomplished, we have much work to do this semester to meet our goal of getting potable water to Tacachia by the end of the semester. The Tacachia team is determined to work as hard as we can do make this dream a reality.