- EVE 491 / EVE 591 Special Topics – Water, Sanitation, Energy, and Appropriate Technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean
- CSL 210 Sustainable Community Development in the Dominican Republic
- Dr. Michael MacCarthy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
- Dr. Ryan Schweitzer, Principal Consultant at Aguaconsult; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Engineering
Service Project Description:
The Dominican Republic M.O.M. program focuses on finding appropriate options to improve and maintain sustainable access to safe water for under-served communities in the Dominican Republic. It emphasizes community development, capacity building, and the use of appropriate technologies.
Likely student activities include:
- Carrying out a WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) and indoor air quality survey/assessment at a select number of rural community households.
- Initiating innovative research into low-cost ways to better protect groundwater resources for drinking water.
- Working with a rural community group to build/improve a community or institutional water supply system (e.g. at a local school or health center), and/or working with local stakeholders on the development of appropriate maintenance and repair plans for their local water system(s).
- Building the capacity of stakeholders at the local level to collect hydrogeological data to better inform water resource management and thereby improve the environmental sustainability of water supply systems.
Living conditions in the Dominican Republic will be basic during the majority of our journey. We will have the chance to visit the capital city (Santo Domingo), a coastal beach and/or experience trekking and wildlife viewing, practice speaking Spanish, enjoy local cuisine, and most importantly, work with local stakeholders (households, local technicians, government workers, etc.) to find ways to improve access to water in El Cercado area of San Juan region, where we will be spending most of our trip.
Tentative Travel Dates: mid-May to mid-June
For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.