ROLLA (07/29/2014)(readMedia)– 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 install a potable water system that will provide access to safe drinking water for the Andean community.
Pavel Galchenko, a senior in aerospace engineering from Green Ridge, will travel to Bolivia as part of EWB.
The team will arrive in Tacachia on Sunday, Aug. 3, and return on Sunday, Aug. 10. The students plan to assess the current water transportation project’s status and the progress that the community has made toward routing water from a nearby spring to its storage tanks.
The EWB group will also check the performance of several water pumps that they have installed and monitor the status of the water distribution line and biosand filters that are currently in place in Tacachia.
Missouri S&T students have been traveling to Tacachia for more than five years to complete a number of projects. In addition to running potable water to the community homes, the group is currently working to save residents’ farmlands from erosion by the local Rio Palca.