Engineers Without Borders: Travels to Kenya
During the summer, 10 volunteers from the service organization Dartmouth Engineers Without Borders installed a solar-powered pump to provide clean water year-round to the village of Nyamilu, Kenya. The community, home of Audi Okullo ’00, Th’05, previously relied on an unpredictable supply of rainfall and water collected from streams for drinking, cooking, and washing. The $20,000 project was designed to supply clean drinking water as well as water for small-scale irrigation for fruits and vegetables that the community can sell.
According to volunteers Mike Bolger Th’05 and Katie Muse ’05, D-EWB outfitted the village’s new 98-meter borehole with a pump powered by 480 Watts of photovoltaics mounted on the roof of a small pump house. The villagers had begun to dig the well by hand, but the volunteers, concerned about contamination, hired a local company to drill a borehole. The students tested the water for bacteria and fluoride and briefed villagers about well maintenance. The team plans to stay in contact with the village for the next few years.
In addition to Bolger and Muse, the D-EWB team in Kenya included Ashley Carruth ’05, Colby College exchange student Sandy Beauregard, Tia Hansen ’05, Tietjen Hynes ’06, Erin Osborn ’05, Leah Skypeck ’05, Allison Welsh ’05, and team advisor Brian Klett ’89.comments powered by Disqus