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14 NOVEMBER 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM T he recipients of NACE International 's first Engineers Without Borders (EWB) grant have returned from their recent assessment trip to Tadazna, Nicaragua, where students from the City College of New York (EWB-CCNY) chapter are working with local residents to develop a new water system for the community. Currently, residents of Tadazna must trek long distances to collect water for drinking, bathing, and cooking. e EWB-CCNY chapter plans to build wells that will eliminate the danger of the fresh water becoming contaminated due to floating debris, animal feces, mud, and sediment. e chapter's project entails the construction of six groundwater wells located throughout the community. Each well is intended to support approximately one to five families. e design of the wells will allow for clean and safe water for daily use and consumption, decreasing the risk of contamination and disease. Five members of EWB-CCNY comprised the travel team. On their assessment trip, the team members conducted water analysis tests on all water sources in and around the commu- nity. ey surveyed the land for an analysis of the geography of the commu- nity and mapped the locations of family homes. ey also conducted soil tests to determine where to build the wells. In addition, the team interviewed community members to ensure that the project meets their needs, and they formed a local water committee to train residents on the maintenance of the wells. Construction of the wells will begin during a future trip. "is trip is the first step in our five-year partnership with Tadazna, which means that it's very important as a foundation for this relationship," said Rodrigo Ulloa, a senior studying mechanical engineering at CCNY. In April, NACE held an online poll that allowed NACE members and the public to vote on which EWB teams to sponsor. EWB-CCNY was one of two teams to win, earning a $5,000 grant. is grant supplemented funds that the group had already raised through campus bake sales and a fundraiser. In addition, the community of Tadazna is contributing a minimum of 5 percent of the total project cost, as well as food and lodging for the EWB travel team. e EWB-Fordham University team, which also won a grant, is slated to travel to Uganda during the fall of 2016 to build fish ponds. e EWB-CCNY chapter also partnered with a nonprofit community development organization, Bridges to Community, for logistics and commu- nity relations. For technical advice, they worked with two private firms. Langan, an environmental consulting firm, advised the students on the well design and construction, while Louis Berger Group — a multidisciplinary global consulting firm — taught them about soil sampling and hydrogeology. e group will spend the summer analyzing data, sorting through trip photos, and preparing for the next phase of their project — when they will again travel to Tadazna to construct the wells. "Ever since I was younger, I knew I wanted to help people with the work I do," said Andrea Iguina, an environ- mental science and Jewish studies major at CCNY. "My life goal is to make a change for the better and EWB-USA CCNY has helped me to continue in this journey." For more information, visit www. nace.org/ewb. CP Stu d e nt s f ro m th e Ci t y Co lle ge of N ew Yo r k (CCN Y) ch ap te r of En gi n e e r s Wi th o u t Borders traveled to Tadazna, Nicaragua, to work with local residents on developing a new community water system. NACE News Nicaragua Water Project Wins NACE Grant

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