Lydia Watt, 2018, Civil and Environmental Engineering
We traveled to Peru to construct a sustainable, gravity-fed water system for the community of Pusunchás, Peru. Our team began working with this community last summer to install a 20 kilometer-long pipeline. The goal of the summer 2017 trip was to use the design and calculations we completed during the 2016-2017 academic year to begin building the first phase of the water system. Located in the Peruvian Andes, Pusunchás has not had a functioning water system for 25 years. The village contains 120 families who travel long distances to obtain water for personal use. Through this project, we hope to provide the community members a clean source of potable water and to improve their living standards. As students who are passionate about international development, we have been able to combine that passion with our engineering knowledge to directly help others. We hope that our team’s dedication will yield meaningful results and positively influence the way the community lives, and we look forward to Engineers Without Borders’ collaboration with Pusunchás to work towards these results.