International Project: Tanzania
One of the biggest challenges society faces today is finding clean and reliable sources of drinking water. In Tanzania, a country located on the eastern coast of Africa, access to clean, safe water is a major concern in rural areas due to limited resources and inadequate sanitation, leading to many health, environmental, and socio-economic problems.
In order to meet the needs of a rapidly growing nation, the Salvatorian Sisters are in the process of constructing a new primary school building outside the city of Dar es Salaam in Buyuni, Tanzania. After being connected with The Sisters, the student-lead chapter of Engineers Without Borders at Michigan State University designed a rainwater harvesting system for this school. The implementation of this project in the rural area will benefit the 600 students and teachers that will eventually be using the school. In the future, MSU-EWB plans to continue addressing this issue by evolving a multi-phase project for a rainwater collection, purification, and distribution system.
After designing the system, the next step was to install the rainwater collection system at the partially built school, which incorporated a gutter system, tanks with a first flush system, and an overflow system. The water will be non-potable at first but can be used for cleaning, crop irrigation, water for animals, and flushing toilets. The overall goal of the program will be to eventually design, implement, and sustain a water treatment, filtration, collection, and distribution system in order to provide potable water to the school.
The team recently traveled May 2018 for the second phase of implementation where the tanks were all installed, all materials purchased, and plans for the overflow system finalized. Learn more about the trip here:
The team traveled at the end of August 2017 for the first phase of implementation for the rainwater harvesting system and you can learn more about their trip here:
The team hopes to travel again either this summer or winter break for a monitoring trip, and to scope out the possibility of opening another project within the community.
In the future, the Tanzania group hopes to continue working with the Salvatorian Sisters to provide them with potable water from the rainwater harvesting system as well exploring other projects to bring them clean water. There is still engineering to be done!
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Spring 2018 Semester Meeting Dates:
Every Tuesday 7:30PM after general meetings
1230 Engineering Building
For more information or if you want to be involved with us,
contact the Project Leads:
Carly Nylander Emily Banach