In the summer of 2014, the team conducted land surveys and interviews in multiple spring sites located in Ilam, Nepal. Based on this data, the program has decided to move forward with a spring source protection design for the Patpate Dhara and Kharka Dhara site that is aimed towards improving community access to more reliable, less contaminated water. In addition, the team visited schools to determine the feasibility of initiating a project to improve the sanitational and educational resources available to local students. Potential projects include biogas, rainwater catchment, waste management or the development of hands-on activities to teach kids basic science principles. As a new project that requires additional assessment, new members can get involved right from the beginning.
Students can get involved with the Nepal program by contributing to the design, sustainability or fundraising components of each project, whether it be spring source protection or biogas. Both projects offer different professional and technical challenges and opportunities to gain experience in everything from creating CAD drawings and working with professional engineers to writing grant proposals and coordinating projects internationally and cross-culturally. Send us an email or stop by our weekly meetings to join the team!
Since 2007, the EWB Nepal team has been working on several projects in Ilam In partnership with a local NGO, the Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC).One example of a past project was the construction of a wetlands wastewater treatment system to treat sewage from Ilam’s district hospital. The previous system depended on a series of shallow leeching tanks, which contaminated the area’s groundwater and the community’s springs downstream of the hospital. Since the completion of this project, the team has continued to monitor the progress of the treatment system.
After an assessment of the community’s needs from the past winter and summer trips, the team has decided to build a spring source protection system at the Kharka Dhara spring site. Ultimate goals of this project include protecting spring water from run-off contamination, improving community access particularly during the dry season and increasing stakeholder awareness on the conservation of watershed resources. Along with our technical engineering solutions, the team analyze the sustainability and feasibility of implementing environmentally-sustainable programs in local schools. This partnership of technical and educational solutions aims to promote a healthier and cleaner environment for the community members of Ilam.