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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Engineers Without Borders plans trip over winter break

  • The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at Missouri University of Science and Technology is heading to Santiago, Honduras, to help 6,000 people gain access to clean drinking water.
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  • The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at Missouri University of Science and Technology is heading to Santiago, Honduras, to help 6,000 people gain access to clean drinking water.
    Trading their time off from school for a five-day service trip, the students will arrive in Santiago Monday, Jan. 13, and return Saturday, Jan. 18. The student team will complete its phased installation of a water chlorination system for the community.
    Last summer, the team installed a chlorine pump at one of the community’s three wells. That installation served as a pilot run for the use of chlorination in the community and allowed the team to see if its solution was sustainable and acceptable for the people of Santiago.
    Team members remotely monitored the system from Rolla during the fall semester by calling water operators in Honduras and contacting Santiago’s mayor.
    They determined that the system had been properly maintained and the community has no opposition to the newly chlorinated water.
    To complete the system, the team will help the community install two more chlorination systems this January, effectively chlorinating the entire water supply.
    The team will mainly oversee this construction, in an effort to encourage the people to take ownership of its maintenance and understand its design.
    While in Honduras, the students will also conduct water quality tests to monitor decreases in biological contamination due to additional chlorine.
    Matthew Prather, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Louis, is the Honduras trip leader. Dr. Richard Stephenson, professor emeritus of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, is the Engineers Without Borders faculty adviser.
    People can donate to the student team’s cause at www.ewb-mst.org/donate.

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