Pinalito Water System
Bringing fresh, clean water to a small village in the Dominican Republic.
As part of Harvard's Engineers Without Borders Chapter, I have been involved in designing a water supply system in Pinalito, a village in Dominican Republic. The existing infrastructure -- a well, two pumps, and piping -- all have significant issues, rendering it unusable. The village members instead have turned to an unclean source of water causing several to contract gastrointestinal infections. We hope to design and repair the system such that it meets the community's supply demands, can stay operational with minimal maintenance, improves accessibility to water, and ensures a safe water quality. The project directly affects about 200 people and indirectly affects about 2,000 people. I have been working with the chapter since Fall 2012; the project was launched Spring 2012 and continues to present.
© Ishan Chatterjee 2017