Drop for Drop - La Salitrera

Engineers Without Borders USU improves the quality of life for citizens of La Salitrera, Mexico by building water filters and giving them access to clean H2O. http://ewb.usu.edu/index.php/team-mexico/about-la-salitrera/

  1. La Salitrera has been visited by the Utah State University chapter of Engineers Without Borders several times since 2009. While in Mexico, students educate citizens on solar cooking and clean water education, collect GPS data, and coordinate repairs for a water tank level indiciation system.
  2. In August of 2014, students installed biosand filters specific to the needs of La Salitrera.
  3. Today we bring you our first #ThrowbackThursday from our trip to Mexico last month. Our team built a water filtration system for the town. Without donations from the public, these trips would not be possible. To donate, please visit our website.
    Today we bring you our first #ThrowbackThursday from our trip to Mexico last month. Our team built a water filtration system for the town. Without donations from the public, these trips would not be possible. To donate, please visit our website.
  4. Before the biosand filters were installed, La Salitrera received water straight from a river that runs through the village. There is a 200 meter deep groundwater well two miles west of the town. Many families store water in cisterns for future use, and many go without water for extended periods of time. The filters built by EWB volunteers allowed for La Salitrera's limited water sources to be clean and safe for drinking.
  5. Water fact Wednesday #dropfordrop #peoplewater #cleanwater #simbihaiti @peoplewater
    Water fact Wednesday #dropfordrop #peoplewater #cleanwater #simbihaiti @peoplewater
  6. On January 24th, EWB students began making the biosand filters that will be used for this year's service project. The team is planning on building about six filters. Each filter costs about $40 to make.
  7. This video compilation gives future volunteers a taste of what to expect on their service trip to Mexico. Skip to 3:32 to see photos of the limited water sources and storage in La Salitrera.
  8. EWB Mexico 2010 Compilation
  9. There are currently 15 students actively participating on the Mexico team. Both donors and volunteers are an important part of the Engineers Without Borders program, ultimately changing and saving lives. Want to join our team? Come to a meeting!
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