In 2007, EWB adopted a gravity flow water system project in Baan Bo Mai, Thailand from the University of Maryland EWB chapter. Baan Bo Mai is a small village in rural northern Thailand with a population of about 150 people. The village is also home to an orphanage of around 50 children. The closest source of water is from a river that is approximately 2 miles from the village. Maryland had completed the assessment phases of the project and had begun initial construction on the system. Unfortunately they were unable to continue with the project, and Villanova was more than excited to pick up its first international project.
Phase 1 - Assessment (May 2007)
The first trip was both an assessment as well as an implementation. We traveled with the Maryland team and we were able to help them finish their construction as well as complete our surveying. Almost two miles of piping was laid, a distribution box was built, and two tap stands were erected. One tap was located at the orphanage and the other at the edge of the village. Improvements were also made at the intake. The village was excited to have running water from the taps, but we still had more plans in mind for Phase 2.
Phase 2 - Implementation (May 2008)
The second trip was the final implementation trip for the Thailand project. Our team of ten students and two faculty members spent nine days working alongside the villagers to finish piping, construct a storage tank, develop the source, and build more tap stands. A third line of pipe was laid to the nearby village of Baan Bo Kau, and five tap stands were also constructed in the village. A large storage tank was built to house the water for both villages and the orphanage. Serious attention was also paid to the source. A gabion was built around the intake and a dam was constructed upstream in an effort to decrease the sediment and turbidity in the water. After conducting health surveys and communicating with the community, it was decided that chlorination of the water would be unnecessary. Upon leaving, two villages and an orphanage had access to clean water, and Villanova EWB completed its first successful international project!
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