The S&T campus is cold, snowy and quiet. Students, staff and faculty are poised to get away for the holidays and semester break, while Phelps County shivers in an unusually cold December.
Meanwhile the S&T student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is planning a trip to Santiago, Honduras, to complete a water purification system for the town’s 6,000 residents. Last summer the team installed a pilot chlorine pump in one of Santiago’s three water wells to see if the project could be sustainable. Remote monitoring proved the new system was successful so the January trip will complete the water chlorination program.
The team will mainly oversee this construction in an effort to encourage the people to take ownership of its maintenance and understand its design. They’ll also conduct water quality tests to monitor decreases in biological contamination due to additional chlorine.
The “gift” of which we speak is not simply a chlorine system. It’s a better quality of life, improved health for Santiago’s children, and the joy that comes to S&T students when they realize they “made a difference.”
Isn’t that what life is all about? L’chaim, l’chaim, to life! -Tevye