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STATUS: Assessment Phase
Community Background

The communities Tambanal and Ayaloma have a combined population of over 150 spread through more than 35 homes.  This community includes two schools, one serving each community. This community is in the mountains ranging from an elevation of 2,300 meters (7,500 feet) to approximately 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) above sea level. A majority of the families get their water from surface water and must carry it on a daily basis. The result of this is a number of preventable water born diseases that lead to reduced quality of life, reduced life span, and impact infant and child mortality.


The community has recently created a water board with the help of the local NGO, El Proyecto Socioambiental Dulcepamba. This is the group that initially reached out to EWB to propose a project, and are the community partner for the project. 

Project Overview

The communities requested the help of our chapter in designing and constructing a water distribution system. Since then, we have established and maintained contact with the communities themselves, their leadership, a communal water board, the local NGO and the municipal government of Chillanes. The project is in the pre-assessment phase of this project, and is working to conduct preliminary water testing, conduct local site health assessments, survey, and capture photo/video of key sites. Currently the team is looking to travel for the reassessment trip in January of 2023. 


September 2021

Project was approved with EWB-USA.

May 2022

EWB-PPC joined this project in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh student chapter.

July 2022

The team continues to plan for travel in late 2022.

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Project Team

John Van Gehuchten
Project Lead

John Van Gehuchten

Responsible Engineer in Charge (REIC)

John Hamilton

International Development Mentor

Mallory Hudson


Pete Dawida

Technical Mentor

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