Engineering students helping bring water to earthquake hit town in Peru
A group of engineering majors from UTSA won't be lounging by the pool this summer, they'll be bringing water to earthquake victims in Peru. Engineers Without Borders spokesman Timothy Hayes says they have an important job to do.
"To design a safe and water system," he says for some 500 small village families left without clean water after quakes struck Peru in 2007 and in 2011, a nation with a long history of such disasters.
"We're dealing even here with water scarcity issues so imagine what it's like for people in developing countries," he says.
"We'll have to hit the ground running. Inventorying equipment, laying rebar, pouring concrete and education citizens in what their responsibilities will be."
All of the students are in their early 20's.
"What a struggle it is for them in poorer areas to get access just to the basic access to the basic necessities of life," says Hayes.
Hayes plans to continue his engineering and humanitarian efforts after college working in water management for 3rd world nations.