Lessons Learned From Low Cost Water Improvement Projects in Rural Guatemala
Walker, F. R., J. Schwartz, and N. S. Eash.  2010.  Proceedings from the Twentieth Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, Tennessee, April 13-15, 2010.

Since 2007, the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter at the University of Tennessee (UT) has being working with the community of La Fortuna, a rural community in western Guatemala to implement sustainable water supply projects. In May 2007, EWB members traveled to Guatemala to construct three prototype rainwater storage tanks. These systems collected rainwater from the roofs of the villager's homes during the rain season (May to October), and provide clean, safe water for each household during the dry season (November to April). A follow-up visit was conducted in March 2008. Water tests showed that the water was still clean (no detectable E. coli) compared with a nearby well (> 106 cfu E. coli per 100 ml). In May 2009 a follow-up visit was conducted. During this trip several projects were initiated including a spring-protection project. During this presentation we will share our experiences with leading groups of students on international service learning projects.