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This summer 6 students and 1 mentor from EWB-S&T returned to Erquiz Oropeza (10 de Abril) to assess the current situation in community and gather more data. The team conducted a topographical survey, taking over 900 points, to gather pertinent data needed to design a water system in the community. EWB-S&T also took many pictures and gathered information about the serious erosion problems in the community. Over the school year the community had implemented two water tanks and a basic distribution system. While there the team connected a third tank to the system and changed out some of the HDPE pipeline for PVC.
EWB-S&T also received the electrical resistivity test report from COFADENA and met with them to discuss the possible location and drilling of a well in the community. The team met with the San Lorenzo Municipality to discuss political matters about land rights. Hopefully this will allow for a continued relationship with the municipality.
Overall, the trip went smoothly and both returning and new students learned valuable information about 10 de Abril. EWB-S&T is excited to begin designing a water system and erosion control solutions for the community.