Background

The Bolivia group has been working in Quesimpuco for 8 years on many different projects to improve the lives of the community members. They worked along side the community members, SIFAT, and CENATEC to implement projects that include an irrigation system, a hydroponics system, hand powered washing machines, and solar showers.

Implementation

Students and professors in Auburn are working hard to collaborate with community members on the design and verification of the irrigation system. The first phase of the system, which only collects about half of the water in the ravine, is expected to be completed by August 2019. The second phase is expected to be complete by August 2020.

Current Progress

At present, the team is organizing the construction of a gravity-fed irrigation system that will serve 21 fields roughly 21,000 square meters in area. The water catchment will take place in the ravine adjacent to the community, and a large 60,000 liter concrete tank will be built uphill from the fields. The water will be distributed from the tank to movable sprinklers located on each field.