Since 2017, the West Virginia University chapter of Engineers Without Borders International Team has completed an assessment and design phase of a water pipeline. The project is crucial to the small community of Kabughabugha in Wetern Uganda, as women and children spend hours a day trekking to a spring. A sustainable project design will enable more time to be spent on education, hygiene, etc.
This project consists of three water tanks, improvements to the existing spring box, a gravity-fed pipeline, and tapstands along the main. Students were challenged to solve real-world engineering challenges such as hydraulic and structural analyses, material optimization, and remote communication. Statler engineering classes and professors were an unmatched resource during design, and the EWB team is grateful for their professional guidance. Unfortunately, in-person implementation is currently impossible, but that did not sway the EWB team in completing their project for construction. Hopefully, West Virginia University will once again return to Uganda and complete a monitoring/evaluation of the project. In the meantime, the International Team is ecstatic to see their hard work turn into a tangible result.See article on WVUEngage