Project 3: El Romerillo, Ecuador – 2018-Present
Our goal for this community is to design a water filtration system or a protection system that will be able to remove or keep the ash from a volcano out of the water if this volcano were to erupt again. The community has already stated that they would not like to drill for a water source due to the cost of drilling and we do not know if that water can be consumed. The current system in place is sufficient for as long as the volcano remains dormant. The Cotopaxi volcano is a very active volcano (ranked 26th in the world for activeness). The volcano has had more than 50 eruptions since 1738 and has not had a big eruption in 70 years.
We will begin taking assessment trips during the 2018-2019 school year. This will give us a better understanding of the situation in Ecuador and will give us the measurements and things we need to properly help this community!
Assessment Trip January 2019
In January 2019, Mizzou EWB made our first assessment trip to Romerillos. The travelers were split into two groups: the technical team and the sociological team. The technical team traveled alongside community members to four main water sites and gathered data on water quality, maintenance procedures, water storage tank construction, and surrounding geography. The sociological team established relationships with current community leaders, most important among them the water board members. They are responsible for administering the storage, distribution, and utilization of all water sources in Romerillos. The sociological team then went home to home and interviewed the citizens of Romerillos on their water use and health issues caused by unclean water. This information was compiled and is currently being used by our chapter to inform our solutions. For a daily journal from the technical team, please visit this link:
Technical Team Journal