Engineers Without Borders - Boston Professional Chapter (EWB-BPC) was founded in 2002 to help small communities in the developing world meet basic infrastructure needs by connecting them with experienced engineers and resources to meet those needs. EWB-BPC has completed water supply projects in Guaimaca, Honduras and Mapinduzi, Tanzania, as well as a school building construction project in Mkutani, Tanzania in partnership with the EWB-Harvard student chapter. EWB-BPC is currently working on several more international projects in various stages of development, including a water distribution and women’s latrine project in Mkutani, Tanzania and a water supply and distribution project in Chamhawi, Tanzania.
The community of Mkutani (population 3000) previously relied upon a river source for drinking water, resulting in deleterious health impacts in the community. Under the first phase of the project completed in 2018, the Chapter successfully drilled and outfitted a well with a solar pump and storage tank at the nearest location of a viable water-bearing formation. While this first phase provided a potable water source to the community, women and children must still walk 2.5 miles to carry the water from this well back to their homes, taking time away from other educational and economic opportunities. Additionally, while many members avail of the new potable water source and haul water daily from the well, a number of community members still rely on the contaminated river water source due to the arduous task of fetching water from the new well source. The next phase of this project will involve construction of a water distribution system to deliver potable water to the community, eliminating the need to haul water from a great distance.
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