EWB-USA CCNY Announces New Project in Nicaragua


An aerial view of the Nicaraguan Coast. (Source: www.retirenicaragua.com)

New York, NY – The City College of New York chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB-USA CCNY) recently adopted a water access project in Tadazna, Nicaragua. The community’s proposed project entails the construction of six groundwater wells located throughout the community. Each well is intended to support approximately one to five families. The design of the wells will allow for clean and safe water for daily use and consumption, decreasing the risk of contamination and disease.

While certain sectors of Tadazna have access to a municipal potable water system, the rural landscape and sprawling community leave 46% of its population without easy access to water. Many residents often resort to collecting untreated and unhygienic water from unsanitary sources.

This is the first time in four years that EWB-USA CCNY will be traveling internationally. The trip is crucial to the success of the well water project, as well as development of the chapter.

A group of five EWB-USA CCNY members and one mentor, Dr. Michael Piasecki, will be traveling internationally to conduct the first assessment trip in April. The most important aspect of the trip will be building a genuine relationship with the community and coming to understand its people’s culture. The technical objectives of the assessment will focus on data-collection such as water quality and land surveys, which will later be used in the engineering design process.

The student team working on the Tadazna Project draws experience from a range of engineering and science disciplines. Students are equipped with skills that aid the design, finance, and public relations aspects of this organization. The chapter is assisted by a team of professional mentors with years of experience in design, construction, and international development. Professors Beth Wittig and Michael Piasecki will be advising the team throughout the entire project process.