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!