Four CU engineering students traveled to eastern Nepal this summer to complete a reed bed wastewater system for a municipal hospital in the Ilam District.
The project is one of the largest and most complicated projects undertaken to date by the CU chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an organization that provides hands-on learning opportunities for students while helping to meet the needs of the developing world. Students say the reed bed system is desperately needed because the hospital has been dumping wastewater into a gully that runs to the Mai Khola River, affecting thousands of people downstream who use the river as a water source.
CU engineering students Arista Hickman, Marika Meertens, Taylor Pearce, and Michael Fend, along with the team’s technical mentor and professional engineer, Mike Gill, worked with the community to install the system’s final component, a septic tank, and provide training on its proper use and maintenance during their May/June visit.
CU students last traveled to Nepal in December, when they finalized the reed bed structures and surveyed the hospital property for the best location for the septic tank. >>Watch video