Villagers in the highlands of Guatemala needed a new water system. CW4K was happy to help.

Guatemala Clean Water Project

cW4k, Engineers Without Borders, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee continues to partner with Agua Para La Salud (APS), with over thirteen years of experience in implementing water systems. EWB@UWM‘s current project concerns two communities, Vitostix and Vijolom III, which are two communities in the northern highlands of Guatemala. Recent village growth resulted in a shortage of water supply due to dried springs.

The villages required a new water supply system that will provide sufficient water to both communities. APS works alongside Quiche’s La Asociación, a community-driven organization working to improve the living conditions of the Quiche community. Student members worked alongside Milwaukee-area professional mentors to develop and design a water distribution system that utilizes appropriate, sustainable technology.

The system is designed to have a life of 20 years and includes four spring boxes, a distribution tank, and a 9,200-meter conveyance line. Approximately 102 families (714 people, more than 500 children) will benefit from the system. Learn more about this project from Marissa R. Jablonski, Ph.D. Student of Civil/Environmental at the University of Wisconsin and board member of cW4k.

Workers in Guatemala work on water system tank

“CannedWater4kids is gaining momentum in the beverage industry. We are excited to hear that,” said Jared Thede, a mechanical engineering student in his senior year, and participant of the recent trip to Guatemala. “CannedWater4Kids has shown us their support since the day we met them. They made it possible to provide clean water solutions in Guatemala through their financial support.” In Guatemala, cW4k helped fund and deliver a sustainable clean water distribution system that will help to provide clean, safe water to a village for over 20 years.

Smiling boy in Guatemala
Water engineers test water

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