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This summer the team returned to Los Eucaliptos to monitor all existing projects as well as visited a nearby community, Erquiz Oropeza, to perform an assessment of a potential partnership. Everything previously installed in Los Eucaliptos is working as designed and all the homes with house connections have running water. EWB-S&T also talked to individual community members to see how the water has impacted their daily lives. Many community members commented about how they no longer spend long hours collecting water and are seeing little to no negative health problems due to the water. The team spent some time discussing shock chlorination and maintenance of the water system with the community before closing out the project and saying goodbye to all the friends made in Los Eucaliptos.
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The team then arrived in Erquiz Oropeza to a warm, traditional Tarija welcome, followed by a tour from the community’s leaders. The rest of the time was spent interviewing community members about their current living situation and health concerns. The team also conducted a topographical survey of the area to gather the pertinent data needed to design a water system over the next few years. The team as well as the members of Erquiz Oropeza are excited to be working together and are hopeful for a successful partnership. To top off such an incredible trip, EWB-S&T spent a free day exploring La Paz before heading back to Missouri. Overall, the trip went smoothly and the team was thrilled to see such positive results in Los Eucaliptos and eager to begin designing for Erquiz Oropeza.