Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
EWB is an international, non-profit, humanitarian organization founded in 2002 that works together with communities in need to provide basic necessities in a responsible manner. Lehigh's chapter of EWB was established in 2007 with the same goal: to make clean water, education, sanitation, and renewable energy available by focusing on low cost, high impact projects. To insure the sustainabilty of our projects, we work closely with host communities during design and implementation so that each community can manage their complete system autonomously.
Our Current Project
Our chapter is currently focused on adding a water filter to the water distribution system we have already implemented in Cebadilla, Nicaragua, a rural community outside of San Juan del Sur. Throughout many areas of Nicaragua, the dry season results in extended water shortages each year. Initially in Cebadilla, hand dug wells provided limited water, and the community required water via truck delivery. For Phase 1, water is successfully being pumped from a well up to two 10,000 L tanks on a hill in town. Now that Phase 2, having water distributed to the homes in the community, has been completed, we are heading back to install a water filter by the request of the community. Ultimately, our goal is to provide each household in the community with consistent, reliable access to potable water year long in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable manner.