Engineers Without Borders

Thailand 2007

Mae Yang Min and Huai Houk, Thailand

The following project components were completed during the 2007 work in Mae Yang Min and Huai Houk, Thailand.

A. Completion of the water systems in the villages of Mae Yang Min and Huai Houk.
       1.    Constructed potable water storage in both villages
               i.     Mae Yan Min, Thailand : 10,000 gallon tank
              ii.     Huai Houk , Thailand : 7500 gallon tank
       2.    Constructed new water taps in each village, including replacement of water distribution lines as necessary.
B. Implement a water container replacement program.
       2.   Distributed in excess of 1000 new containers and include all communities in the Mae Yang Min Valley .
C. Completed a follow up health survey
D. Education 
      1.   Conducted hygiene/sanitation education at the community and grade school level. 
      2.   Conducted water container storage education at the community and grade school level.
 E.  Water Quality Testing - repeat testing from the 2006 trip with the addition of metals testing in water samples.  
The Fort Lewis College Engineers Without Borders contingent included 11 students, two faculty members and two professional partners divided into four working groups; water storage, water distribution and taps, health and education, and water quality testing. Each group had a designated student leader and a faculty or professional partner providing oversight. The groups worked throughout the school year on the respective designs and procedures for each component of the project. A comprehensive procedures manual was compiled for use during implementation. The document included pertinent design calculations, construction drawings and specifications, water quality testing procedures, a health assessment questionnaire, lists of materials and equipment, cost estimates, a detailed work schedule (Gantt chart) and work assignments for each individual for the duration of the construction phase. 
In addition to the FLC team numerous other groups participated in the project. This included three interpreters and one concrete specialist who work for the NGO, and approximately 30 to 40 villagers.  A total of at least 60 to 70 different people worked on the project. The FLC phase of construction was completed in 11 days with an estimated work output of roughly 4000 man-hours.

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