Just as finals were wrapping up, a team from WVU’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter headed to the Mercer County town of McComas to conduct an assessment on an abandoned water system. The students spent two days reconditioning the community’s water tank and clearing brush and debris that had collected around the water system to make the area more accessible by vehicle. They also spent time interviewing residents and taking water samples for further analysis.
Before heading home, members performed outreach initiatives at Princeton and Liberty high schools, engaging with students through presentations and interactive engineering activities and demonstrations.
WVUEWB plans to identify additional communities in West Virginia that are facing water accessibility issues so that they can continue to advocate for additional technical, political, social and financial assistance in the future.