Jordan Ermilio, Water for Waslala's Director of Water System Engineering, leads a group of Villanova engineering students to the natural spring at Yaro Central.
The Villanova engineering team hikes to the spring at Yaro Central to break ground on the new water system for the rural community of 300 residents.
The team reaches the natural spring, high in the mountains above the neighborhoods of Yaro Central.
Iain Hunt, WfW's project manager in Waslala, works with a Yaro Central resident to pour a bag of cement onto a pile of gravel - materials that will be used to construct the spring intake box.
Students worked together with members of the Yaro central community to mix the gravel and cement.
A team of Villanova students works together to thread one of the galvanized pipes that will be used for the spring intake.
Iain Hunt shows the Villanova engineering students how the pipes will fit together when the spring intake is complete.
Denis Taleno, WfW's mason, sets the location for the front wall and washout pipe for the spring intake box.
Denis pours the cement and gravel mix to create the floor of the spring intake.
Denis smoothes the floor of the spring intake
The Villanova team with Iain and Denis at the end of day 1 of construction
On day 2, Denis begins to build the front wall of the spring intake
The completed front wall, including the piping that will be used to transport the water to the community, and to empty the tank for regular cleaning and maintenance.
Denis begins building the side walls of the intake
Denis works together with community volunteers and Villanova engineering students to build the walls of the intake
The completed front and side walls of the intake. Rocks have been placed directly in front of the spring to prevent some large sediments from entering the tank.
Work begins on the roof of the intake, as well as the framing for the cover
The residents of Yaro Central donate their "sweat equity" to build the system, instilling a sense of ownership of the system in the community.
The spring intake is nearly complete at this point - all that remains is the installation of the cover to seal the intake.
The Villanova engineering students and faculty gather with the WfW team and members of Yaro Central to celebrate a job well done!