GWS develops final design engineering documents for Costa Rican communities based on the WEF/CSWEA Student Design Competition. In general, the solution approach should be to construct a centralized treatment system with a complete collection system, and have it be a low cost/low maintenance solution that’s viable for the community to sustain and operate. Our professionals mentor the students to come up with innovative solutions for the project and present their solution at the Design Competition held each Spring at the CSWEA Education Seminar.
GWS selects the design that best solves the sanitation solutions in the community. The winning team works with the CSWEA professionals to finalize design and associated estimates for operation and maintenance. During the next trip to the community, the winning team is invited to work with Global Water Stewardship and the local communities to help implement the final design.
GWS strives to develop long term wastewater solutions utilizing the creativity and ingenuity of students from multiple universities and student chapters. Some schools also allow students to develop a design as part of a course that would receive credits. This improves student participation considerably, and offers GWS a wider variety of solutions to choose from for implementation. Please contact us if you are interested in this endeavor.
Each year, a new problem statement for a unique Costa Rican community is developed and posted in the Fall. Any student group can enter, with a usual deadline for entry in the Spring.
GWS works with the Ministry of Water (AyA), local water authority (ASADA) and local NGOs and municipal leaders to implement our solutions. Use of the Costa Rican labor programs will allow for inexpensive construction. In addition, we are helping to educate the people and children of the communities we are serving about the risks of untreated wastewater and benefits of improved sanitation. Water professionals that have experience running wastewater treatment systems are encouraged to become involved and to help with startup and operations training of the systems.
Follow this link to learn about the current design competition and read this year's GWS problem statement >> http://www.cswea.org/SYP/Competition/.