April 23, 2019

Nueva Esperanza, Pan. – Solar Panel Pump

Nueva Esperanza, a rural community in the Ngable-Bugle comarca in the country of Panama asked for help to pump water from a near by spring source up to their homes. The EWB@WSU team designed a solar pumping system to meet the needs of this community and traveled to Panama in June of 2019 to implement the system. The design included running over 3,000 feet of conduit, a solar array, a back up generator system, an AC/DC pump, chlorine treatment apparatus, 2 holding tanks, inflow and outflow meters, and a distribution line.

Washington State University’s Engineers Without Borders is partnering with the rural village of Zapote, Panama to bring clean water to its 1,000 Ngäbe residents. Currently, the village’s residents do not have access to a reliable water source four months out of the year.

Our goal is to help the people in the region develop an engineering solution to eliminate their water shortage. Under the guidance of WSU’s faculty, our team has been working with WSU alumna Destry Seiler, who is stationed near this community. Her engineering and local expertise has been the driving force behind getting this project off the ground.

Currently were successful at implementing a solar panel pump system.