In December, I was part of a Engineers Without Borders (EWB) team from South Dakota State University that traveled to Carmen Pampa, Bolivia to install CTI’s Water Chlorinator. Our EWB chapter has developed a five-year commitment to the Unidad Academica Campesina de Carmen Pampa (UAC-CP) and the surrounding community to help them meet their drinking and waste water needs. The UAC-CP is a rural university that provides a BS-level education to young women and men who do not have that opportunity due to unequal access to education by the poor.
Our group installed two Water Chlorinators in parallel to treat the drinking water for the upper campus of the UAC-CP. This drinking water serves about 300 students. CTI’s Water Chlorinator operates by dissolving chlorine tablets in order to kill bacteria in the water. The chlorine tablets are available in La Paz, which is a four-hour drive from the UAC-CP. The parallel installation of the two chlorinators allows the users flexibility in the amount of water treated and the concentration of chlorine, as well as providing system redundancy.
Everything went well with the installation process, and everything has been up and running for almost a month. Our EWB team plan to return over the summer to follow up on the chlorinator. If everything is working well, and the people like the drinking water, we plan to install another chlorinator system for the lower campus and the surrounding community.
Greg Tanner is a senior Mechanical Engineering major at South Dakota State University and president of the EWB SDSU student chapter.
He spent the summer of 2011 interning with CTI.