The singular design goal of this first trip to Mulas was to develop a solid data product of key coordinates around the community. By mapping these primary features we can begin to make rough materials estimates and start to develop early design plans for the water distribution system. …

8/10/2019

The day has finally come that it’s time to return to the states. The flight leaves at 2am tonight, but for this reason we saw no point in spending the money to extend a hotel room or the car rental for the extra night, as it would be more cost-effective…

8/9/2019

Yesterday we left at the ripe hour of 10am for a long-anticipated stop at Juanita’s Kitchen, a cozy joint serving handmade breakfasts and pastries near the town square in Maunabo. It was everything we had imagined it would be. Afterwards we made it up to the slow sand filter in…

8/7/2019

Today we had the day set aside for a trip to view the source of the raw water for the water system.

We met a member of the community, Luis, who was generous enough to take the time out of his work for the day to show us the way…

8/6/2019

Yesterday we departed mid-morning for our first-ever visit to Mulas. Leading up to our departure the full scale of how far our team has come since our meager beginnings at the start of the 2018–19 school year seemed to sink in in a way I hadn’t experienced before.

Looking down from the slow sand filter.

We were…

Excitement and anticipation was high this morning as today would be our first day in Mulas, meeting the major players and observing the existing infrastructure. We planned to meet Graciela in the main square of Patillas in front of the beautiful Catholic church, which also turned out to be a…

This entry will cover the mapping work done for the first two visits to the community, the design lessons we learned, and continued goals moving forward as far as design is concerned.

Panorama of the filtration system

Throughout both days we were working on actively recording GPS data using the GNSS Surveyor we purchased for…

8/4/2019

Graciela met us at the hostel and took us to the CECIA headquarters building. She explained that the university had been founded by missionaries long ago, and that the buildings her organization occupied were the original mission houses which had been converted for lab use. …

We’ve been doing some blog posts on the day to day adventures here in Puerto Rico, but what is the actual goal of this trip? When we were originally planning, my mind was focused in on design. Elevation data was my only concern. However, I realized that I have no…

8/3/2019

We landed in San Juan yesterday, reunited with Devin, rented what Luis said was probably “the last available SUV on the island”, and departed for San German.

Jashan found us a neat little place about 30 minutes in called Vagón Caguas. It was a fun little place with some great…

EWB Puerto Rico

We are the Domestic Engineers without Borders team here at the University of Colorado Boulder! Our first project is in Mulas Jagual, Puerto Rico.

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