Valle Valerio, Nicaragua

Water Distribution Project

ABOUT THIS PROJECT 

    Within the Jinotega region of Nicaragua, the community Valle Valerio lacks sufficient drinking water throughout the year. That is about 620 men, women, and children who do not have reliable access to water. The current water system in the community is well beyond its useful lifetime. Some families have to walk 2 miles to a river for water. Additionally, the quality of the water accessible has high levels of nitrates and fecal coliform. High nitrate levels can cause infants to become seriously ill with blue-baby syndrome. The University of Houston chapter aims to fix that.

Valle Valerio currently has an infrastructure that is capable of withstanding the system that the chapter would like to implement. The community has an existing water distribution system that includes a well, an electrical water pump, a storage tank, and basic  distribution piping that services a few locations across the community. The final goal is to construct a new tank on community land, expand the distribution network, and replace the electrical pump.

 The University of Houston Chapter plans to build an entirely new storage tank that will be located in a more accessible and centralized location, repair the existing electric submersible well pump, enlarge the distribution network to service an additional 300 people with water, and treat the water source to ensure the quality standards. The chapter will collaborate with the community as well as the in-country Engineers Without Borders office to complete this project. This open line of communication serves to maintain trust between the chapter and the community as well as making sure the design is tended to directly fit the community’s needs.

Progress
Planning Phase 30%

Implementation

In collaboration with the  non government organization (NGO),  and the community of valle valerio. Constructing a new, larger storage tank on community-owned land will allow the community to easily maintain the tank while granting constant access to clean water. Expanding the distribution network will bring clean water to 300 people who previously had none at all. Filtering the water will increase water quality ,and replacing the electrical pump will ensure the longevity of the system.

Cost Analysis

electric submersible water well pump system – $4,000.00

Concrete Masonry Tank – $8000

Gravity-fed water distribution system – $12,000

Milestones

Every Drop Counts

Currently, EWB-UH is working with Valerio, another small community in Nicaragua, on a project to redesign and improve their wells, water pumps, storage capacity, and distribution system. We have established community contacts, specific community needs, and community demographics. The next phase of the project is to conduct an assessment trip to the community itself to gather survey data, logistics research, design input, and objective clarification, as well as providing the opportunity to build community relationships. Once the data is gathered, we will begin working to design a water distribution system that will meet all of the community’s needs. 

 

Conclusion

All together, this project has the potential to provide approximately 900 people with constant access to clean water using a simple and sustainable system.By completing this project, much needed water will be distributed to a total of 900 community members right To  their doorstep. The families of the community will be able to use this water to drink, wash their hands, and bathe just as we all are able to. The need of this water distribution project has been a top concern of the community. However, the community lacks the resources and technical skills to tackle their problem. That is where the University of Houston Chapter comes in. Working alongside the community, the University of Houston Chapter strives to make this dream, a reality.

Project Impact

  • A total of about 900 people
    with reliable access to water
  • Safer water to drink
  • Healthier Community
  • Better quality of life
  • Community equipped with
    skills to manage system
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