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Engineers Without Borders (EWB) USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. Founded in 2004, Columbia University's student chapter follows this mission by working on sustainable engineering projects in Ghana, Morocco, and Uganda.
The members of Izgouaren, one of a series of dwars or neighborhood clusters that make up Ait Bayoud, spend up to 4 hours a day walking to get water. While assessing the community of Ait Bayoud during her Peace Corps Service, Nina noticed another pressing issue to the quality of life.
Ait Bayoud consists of a series of dwars, or neighborhood clusters, that are staggered along the river. Izgouaren, a dwar isolated on a raised plateau, suffers from limited access to water. Every day, families walk back and forth down to the river to gather water from a nearby spring, spending about an hour per trip and making up to 3 trips a day.
To address this issue, a team consisting of Columbia students as well as a U.S. Army Corps Engineers visited Izgouaren in January 2014 and began to assess the dwar's needs, the river conditions, and Ait Bayoud's current water sourcing status. We sent one additional assessment travel team in the summer of 2014 to measure the flow rate of multiple springs and the river near Izgouaren, to determine a piping path to transport water to the dwars, and to perform water quality tests on the sources of water. Using the information collected during the two assessment trips, the winter 2015 team returned and successfully constructed a shallow well along the river.
Since then, we have installed 1,500 meters of piping out of the total 7,400 meters needed to complete the pipeline. In the past few trips our teams have focused on building a temporary water distribution site, along with testing both the pipes that we have laid down so far and the water quality. Our piping team continues to analyze the best ways to prevent future leakages in the pipeline and make the system as efficient and sustainable as possible.
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For millions of people around the world, drinking contaminated water, or traversing an unsafe bridge, is a dangerous reality. The CU-EWB Morocco Program is changing this reality -- one well at a time, one bridge at a time, one community at a time.
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