CU Boulder's Engineers Without Borders Nepal program spent the summer collecting topographical data on ten different spring source sites in Ilam, Eastern Nepal. With this data in hand, the program is now moving forward with spring source protection designs for several sites. These designs will be implemented in Ilam in the future, ensuring that the users of these springs have more reliable, less contaminated water.
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Since 2007, the EWB Nepal team has been working in the eastern tea growing district of Ilam. In partnership with a local NGO, the Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC), EWB Nepal has worked on several projects since its inception. The most recent project completed was a constructed wetlands wastewater treatment system to treat sewage from Ilam’s district hospital. The previous system the hospital used was a series of shallow leeching tanks . This was contaminating the area’s groundwater as well as the town’s springs downstream of the hospital. Now that the treatment system is completed, the team will continue to monitor its progress while working towards our next project.
After an assessment of the town’s needs from this past winter trip, the team has decided to build multiple spring source protection boxes. The team’s goal with this project is to protect the town’s springs from runoff contamination as well as provide a way to store large amounts of water during the dry season. Along with our technical engineering solutions, the team will continue its health and sanitation education programs in local schools and at community gatherings. This partnership of technical and educational solutions is what we hope will provide a healthier and cleaner environment for the community members of Ilam.