Project #6014

Clean Water for over 4,000 people in Honduras

by Engineers Without Borders South Central Florida Chapter
Jun 29, 2011

Update - June 28 2011

El Negrito Project--Honduras

Teleconference   April,  13 2011

                Kelly Latham
               Juan  Aceituno
                Neha Hridaya
                 Bob Williams

Bob outlined the status of the project
                1. Mayor is considering upgrading first 3km of raw water Pico Pijol line starting at the intake.
                2. Alternate considerations for a new 150,000 gal. or 100,000 gal tank either at the existing tank
                   location or at a new site, yet to be purchased.

EWB SCFL is considering taking responsible charge of the named 3km section of the project.
Efforts to get a route survey and topographic survey through the Municipality with hands on by Brent Honnrlaw have not materialized. Details of the survey requirements supplied by EWB SCFL were outlined to Kelly. Kelly and EWB SCFL team discussed alternate survey procedures.


  1. Kelly will send us info as a first step in getting existing top of the project site.
  2. EWB SCFL will do a desk study of this survey information and prepare a route and profile of the proposed pipeline.
  3. Brent along with the Municipality (and or the peace core lady) will be asked to use our plan/profile  and walk/survey the line, making changes as appropriate.
  4. EWB SCFL TEAM will conduct a second site assessment study for verification of line route and profile.
  5. EWB SCFL will produce a design for that first 3km and a master plan for the entire length (22km)
  6. The design will be submitted to EWB USA   for review and approval.
  7. Once approval is given, construction may start.
  8. EWB  SC FL will be responsible to arrange for the funding.


Robert H Williams

Update, May 6, 2011

  1. During the week ending April 29, Team  El Negrito received  project site satellite  topographic  information from Matt  Verbyla, EWB liaison officer for Honduras. We have commenced to review same in order to prepare route location and a site topographic map for the proposed pipeline. These maps would not be project conclusive and would need on site verification as noted in “THE WAY FORWARD” above.
  2. In the meantime, during week ending April 29th, Team El Negrito, received information from the Municipality of El Negrito  that they , the Municipality, would be conducting site surveys on the noted 3 Km section of the proposed pipeline.
  3. During the week ending   May 13, Team El Negrito will again be the liaison with the Municipality of El Negrito, in order to sort this apparent two pronged approach to the survey. 

Robert H Williams


Update-June 8, 2011
Last evening ( June 7) some members of the team (Juan, Neha and Bob) met with the Mayor  of El Negroto,  Delvin Salgado. 

He gave us an electronic copy of recent survey carried out on the project site. Juan downloaded it onto his laptop. Also included in the electronic data was a design for a new 200,000 gallon water storage tank to be located at the new site. This info has been placed in DROPBOX/6/6/11.

We discussed further EWB-SCFL participation on the project. Whereas we agreed what we are capable of doing, it seems that those activities may conflict with our previous discussions/agreements with EWB-USA.

Two things become very important:
1. Discuss procedural anomalies with EWB-USA and get another ‘way forward’ agreement
2. EWBSCFL meet to review the data supplied and in conjunction with results from discussions with EWB-USA determine the next activities for EWB-SCFL.


Update  June 9 2011 (Discussion with Kelly Latham)
In attendance:
                Kelly  Latham
                Juan Aceituno  
                Bob Williams
Bob outlined the Mayor’s suggestions, that is:
                Mayor’s  engineers  will do design for 1.7 km of pipeline and 200,000 tank
                EWB-SCFL  would review design and provide cost estimate
                EWB-SCFL  would over-see the construction
                Funding for the construction –how much can EWB-SCFL help?

Kelly indicated that that arrangement does not fit the ideal EWB model

                EWB-SCFL review design and send to EWB-USA for review and approval
                Greatest obstacle may be funding. EWB-SCFL to ensure that the Mayor is aware of this
                and  do funding projections  to get a level of funding possibilities as an initial activity.
                 EWB-SCFL will approach Rotary and Water for People as two entities that may help in  
Note:  El Negrito municipality does not yet own the land proposed for the new 200,000 gal tank.


Update June17, 2011
The Mayor has returned to El Negrito. Prior to his departure Juan conveyed to him the future activities of EWB SCFL, and they are:

1. Review of the design now on (Juan’s lap top)

2. Inform the Mayor if there is a need for more field data.

3. When satisfied with the design, we will submit same to EWB USA for review/ comment/ approval.

4. Upon completion of the approval process, EWB SCFL will move their fund raising into high
    gear, targeting   among other organizations, the Rotary Club and Water for  people
Footnote # 1:
During our visit to El Negrito, Robert took the lead in hydraulic/ pipeline analysis/design. If possible, I would like to see Robert take the lead again. Nevertheless, since we are a team each team member is being given the opportunity to conduct his/her own review and submit comments to Robert.
Again, since we are a team, if anyone sees a different process, other than the one being proposed herein, please be prepared to air same.
Juan is now being asked to evaluate the logistics of sending the survey info to team members who are interested in conducting design review.
Footnote # 2:
Upon  review of the current update please let us have a telecon on Thursday June 22 at noon.

As usual the telecom # is 1 712 432 1620---PW 832 129


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Engineers Without Borders South Central Florida Chapter

Location: Boulder, Colorado - USA
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Engineers Without Borders South Central Florida Chapter
Project Leader:
Robert Williams
North Miami Beach, FL United States

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