In 2008 the Perú team started a partnership with a small rural community called Llacamate. Several community leaders came to us requesting our help building a potable water system. Working with the community the team conducted a thorough feasibility study, collected community and topographical data and signed several agreements between the community’s water committee, EWB-CU and the local government. After this process, the Perú team was ready to start designing a gravity fed water system. The team, consisting of students and professional and academic mentors, has put together a design that includes a spring catchment, a 4km of transmission line and a 3km distribution line. The team has also taken steps to consider the long-term sustainability of the system and included plans for operation and maintenance training, as well as community wide health and sanitation education as a part of its obligation to the community.
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