ROLLA, Mo. — The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders 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.
Alex Ennis, a senior in geological engineering from Wood River, will travel to Bolivia as part of Engineers Without Borders.
The team will arrive in Tacachia on Sunday, Aug. 3, and return on Sunday, Aug. 10. The students plan to assess the water transportation project’s status and the progress the community has made toward routing water from a nearby spring to its storage tanks.
The group also will check the performance of water pumps they have installed and monitor the status of the water distribution line and biosand filters 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 working to save residents’ farmlands from erosion by the Rio Palca.