Since 2004, faculty and students have partnered with Water for Waslala (now part of Water Aid) to evaluate water resources in Nicaragua’s low-income rural communities, and incorporate potential development projects into the undergraduate senior design curriculum. Students on these trips are expected to identify areas of need, and also build relationships with local partners and organizations in this central mountain region.
In addition to the design and implementation of 17 water supply networks and the improvement of water quality for 10,000 residents, multidisciplinary engineering work is also being done in the areas of renewable energy and communication systems (see Nova Mobile Health).
More recent work has included:
- Technical support for water supply projects
- Sustainable WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) and capacity building
- Selecting pipe sizes for a new system in Los Mangos based on population elevation changes and distances between homes
- Designing a suspension bridge for a stream crossing to support a network pipe
The local implementing partner for water supply projects in Nicaragua is ADIS: Asociaciûn de Desarrollo Integral y Sostenible.