Community building pipeline
Community building pipeline

Project Location: Timusi, Bolivia (click link for map)

Project Category: Water Systems Improvements

Project Manager: Carlos Ernesto Aguilera

Trip Type: Assessment and Preliminary Design

Trip Dates: September/October, 2016 (7 to 10 days)

Trip costs:

Airfare from US to Bolivia:  ~$1,500 – paid directly by volunteer

Trip Fees: Approximately $XXXXX – $200 deposit to hold your place on the team is due by August 1. The remainder is paid directly to EIA at least 2 weeks before the trip. This covers the in country transportation, logistics, food, water lodging, etc.

Community Description:

Timusi is a small, but growing community of about 200 people in the Andes Mountains in northwest Bolivia. They are served by an existing spring-fed water system, but it was built about 20 years ago and, since the community has grown, the system only provides water to 60% of the population. During the dry season, even fewer people have access to clean water. Water shortages can lead to problems with malnutrition, water borne diseases, and missed school and work days. These factors contribute significantly to continuation of the cycle of poverty.

Project Description:

The project team will determine the type and cost of the required improvements but it is anticipated that they may include development of an alternative spring source, transmission pipes, a new water storage tank, and new water lines within the community. Partial funding for the project will be provided by a grant from a United Methodist Church in Oklahoma.

Project Team Tasks:

During the assessment trip, the team will analyze the existing water system, test water quality, survey and map existing and proposed project locations, determine proposed flow requirements, investigate alternative sources, analyze treatment needs, and establish communications with community leaders and members. After the trip, the team will prepare a preliminary water system design report with preliminary plans and cost estimate. Next steps will be evaluated based on the results of the preliminary design and community preferences.

Project Team Members:

It is anticipated that the project team will include about five members. Volunteers should have knowledge and experience in surveying, civil engineering, water resource engineering, and/or structural engineering.

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