Project #3747

Ecuador Clean Water Supply

by Engineers Without Borders - Pittsburgh

Project design has been implemented. Our Ecuador team came back from a monitoring trip of the recently installed water system.  The system is still working great and the trip went really well!  Health and population surveys were completed at each house, modifications to the sedimentation/pump; tank and piping (distribution) system were made.  Training materials and sessions were given operations and maintenance of the system, and the establishment of the water committee structure was reviewed.

Results have been great based on the Tingo Pucara’s community health, economic and population surveys.  There is a clear indication that the health of the children in Tingo Pucara has already improved - reports reveal that they have been getting fewer upset stomachs since the system has been installed.  This drastic improvement is attributed solely to the fact that the children within the community have been drinking good potable quality water from the newly installed system!  

Future Needs: Some of the residents are having difficulty paying for the water, so we will be looking into altering the fee structure to see if there is a way to allow them to afford the water.  Possible system service area expansion will also be explored to decrease the overall rate structure.

Please refer to the attached uploaded report for details.



Water is pumped to the storage tank next to the Tingo Community Center with help of the Ecuadorian NGO, HCJB! Approximately 10 houses have tap-sands and water connected to them at the this time. The remaining houses will be connected to the water system over the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone! It was indeed a great team effort to get to this point.

Please refer to the attached photos of water flowing into the tank, source intake, sedimentation -pump tank, and the ribbon cutting ceremony.

An Operation and Maintenance Manual is also being developed and being translated into Spanish!

Tingo Puccara
Tingo Puccara

We are finally in the Implementation Phase of this project.  The following briefly, highlights the details of all the accomplishments to date:

Construction/Materials Update

  1. Intake – Completed on 6/30/2011
  2. Intake Fence Completed on 11/08/2011
  3. A revised pipeline route was marked by HCJB voulunteers.  It has fewer bends and no valve boxes.  There will be 2 check valves in the pump house. The community has begun digging the pipeline route.
  4. Electrical – Should be done by 12/19/2011
  5. The community has accepted the HCJB proposal to supervise the remainder of construction.  HCJB work will commence on 12/19/2011
  6. Next trip in January 2012
  7. Need to order Pumptec Plus, on/off switch
  8. Need to order relay, float, and wire for high level control(optional)


  1. Operation and Maintenance Plan Due on 12/19/2011.

The construction project will be complemented by training the community on the need and importance of water health habitudes as well as water system maintenance.

Moving Forward

EWB-Pittsburgh will look into other needs of the community to complete the sustainability and public health aspects of the water supply project, such as providing the village with additional and improved latrines and with a waste management system.


The second phase of the implementation trip was completed in August 2011.  A pumping system was installed.  Please refer to the recent attachment from the EWB newsletter which highlights the details of this trip.


We are happy to announce that the Project Implementation (525) report has been approved by EWB Nationals. The design was accepted as proposed and we are currently on track to starting construction in May. Two separate trips are planned for the implementation phase (May and August 2011). This phase entails a tremendous effort for everyone involved. Construction will begin on May 18th and continue until the planned inauguration of the water system in September, 2011. Construction of a water pumping system in the village of Tingo Pucara in the Andes in Ecuador is ready to commence! We are really short on funds - please help!


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Organization Information

Engineers Without Borders - Pittsburgh

Location: Boulder, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Bharati Vajjhala
Pittsburgh, pennsylvania United States

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